Becoming Your Own Best Friend When Living Alone
By Stephen R. Farris
Are you feeling stressed out and lonely, or are you simply happy being alone. There is a difference, you know. Some people prefer the company of a companion or significant other, while others enjoy the company of themselves.
With the latter, being happy and alone can be somewhat challenging. But there are a few things you can do -- if this is your preference -- to keep from falling into depression or developing feelings of anxiety.
No Need for Comparisons
At times we may feel a bit inadequate with our lives and often this can lead to comparing ourselves to the way others live. They seem more happier than me, or so you think. Remember the old adages, "looks aren't everything," or "looks can be deceiving"? If you're satisfied with who you are and how you live, there's really no need to compare yourself to anyone else. Be happy and live life your way.
This falls under the category of "looks can be deceiving." Sure, social media is great for catching up with old friends, acquaintances and family members. However, you may sometimes ask yourself while scrolling through posts why people always look so happy and such while you feel stuck in a rut. It's not always the case. Remember, believe only half of what you hear and none of what you see or something to that effect. Social media has become a place where people can be whatever they want to be. A viral fantasy land at times. When you find yourself wishing you were like them, then it's probably time to take a step back for a period of time to ground yourself back to reality.
Put Down the Phone
In fact, turn it off altogether at the end of the day or for an entire weekend. In today's world, our phones seem like an extension on our bodies. That's because we've become accustomed to having them in our hand all the time. Take a break every now and then. Read a book, paint a picture, binge watch your favorite television show, get more rest. In other words, do something constructive.
Go Out on the Town
Let's face it. You work hard, play hard, sometimes for long hours. It doesn't hurt to take a break and treat yourself once in a while. Go to your favorite restaurant and order that steak and shrimp you've been craving. Hit the theater and see that movie you've been so excited about, or simply enjoy a casual stroll in the park or on the beach under the night sky, gazing at the stars. Be good to yourself, love yourself and have some fun occasionally.
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