Having roommates can be a dream! They can help you save money on rent and utility costs, be great company, give you outfit advice… or they can be noisy, messy, inconsiderate and an overall nightmare. Living alone is a big move but if you’re in a position to do it, why not? There are a few things to keep in mind though if you’re about to go solo.
Don’t be a shut-in! When you live alone it can be easy to shut yourself in to your own world. This can sometimes magnify any insecurities or regrets, and be detrimental psychologically. Be sure to throw your curtains open every day and let the light in. Open the door and say hi to your neighbors. If you have an outdoor area, make it a place where you can comfortably sit and observe the world. Opening yourself and your home up helps keep things in perspective and reminds you that you’re not actually alone.
We fully support your decision to trade-in your annoying roommate for a furry friend. Although they may be messier and demand to be fed, we guarantee they’ll take up less room and probably give you more cuddles. Plus, studies have shown that people with pets are healthier and live longer lives! Pets can fulfill our natural need for touch and companionship which can help manage stress and actually lower blood pressure. The perfect way to combat loneliness, they help give your life day-to-day structure because they must be fed and cared for. A canine companion for example needs to be exercised, which can get you outside, and up and moving, improving your own physical health in the process. Check out Brooklyn Animal Care Center for information on adopting or fostering a new furry roommate.
Humans are social creatures! Don’t be in denial – living alone can get lonely. Get to know yourself and learn what triggers feelings of loneliness, and when these feelings hit, have a plan. Schedule a favorite weekly activity, join a Meetup Group, or embrace the best parts of living alone – wearing your underwear around the house, singing and dancing to Beyoncé. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself and practicing self-discipline – don’t stop showering, getting dressed, exercising or start eating poorly just because no one is watching! Learn to cook for one, and have a plan for when you get sick and there’s no roommate or family member around to take care of you. Make sure you’re still spending time with friends and not cutting yourself off from the outside world.
Enhance your Environment
You can finally escape from your roommate’s terrible artwork and creepy doll collection and decorate your home to your taste! Make your place interesting to look at. Find items that are visually and tactilely appealing. Don’t hold back! Go above and beyond with decoration. Paint an accent wall and get art. Change up your lighting, bedding, curtains, etc. and rearrange your furniture. Make your home truly enjoyable, comfortable and a place that makes you feel good and that you want to come home to every day. Make your home welcoming to visitors too of course and keep it clean, because as we’ve talked about before, clutter can have a detrimental effect on your well-being and be a major source of stress.