Living alone: learning to savour your me-time*
Not everyone relishes the idea of living alone. It may be that you live alone because of circumstances beyond your control or through choice. It might suit you or you might be unhappy with your lot. Some people find it difficult to entertain themselves when they live alone, while others who live in a busy household long for that sense of isolation they can never achieve.
“…not to intervene when it came to you.” (CC BY 2.0) by liquene
One common complaint from some people who live by themselves is that they don’t have anyone to do things with. But if you live alone, there are plenty of activities that you can enjoy by yourself. Here’s some of my ideas, but feel free to expand on these and explore old and new interests without wondering when your housemate will come home.
Bingo’s a great activity for anyone who lives on their own because, although you can play by yourself, it has a big social side to it. That’s because when you play online or mobile bingo games, part of the fun is getting involved in the gossip on the site’s chat, where players of the same games can keep an eye on the game’s progress but also enjoy a little banter with their fellow players at the same time.
As for where to play, there’s a plethora of bingo sites to choose from. Many sites entice new players with free bingo no deposit offers when they first sign up, meaning they can play for free to start with. At mFortune, there’s a £5 bonus for new players and when games only cost pennies to play, that’s a lot of free entertainment right there. Shop around and find which online bingo provider suits your needs and expectations.
A game like bingo is a perfect way to unwind if you’ve had a stressful day. The games are played in short bursts, require very little effort but are utterly absorbing as you watch your card’s numbers being marked off.
“BINGO!” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by sjsharktank
Learn something new
When you live by yourself, you have the perfect opportunity to get creative without getting interrupted. Get to grips with something like watercolour painting, quilting or screen printing. You don’t need to go to an evening class if that’s not your scene – you can simply learn from watching online tutorials. What’s more, if it’s only you in the house, there’s no imperative to keep tidying away all your arts and crafts materials – you can leave the dining table covered in paints and paper for a week or more if you so desire. This means you can dip in and out of whatever project you have on the go over the course of a number of evenings.
“Day 25 – June 6, 2012“ (CC BY 2.0) by Sonia Belviso
To counteract the hectic pace of our lifestyles today, many of us are seeking calm through meditation. This can easily be practised at home, especially if you live alone. Read up on the type of meditation you’d like to try and then give it a try. For example, mindfulness is all about being fully aware of the present moment and not focusing on the past or worrying about the future. It takes practise to become mindful, but many people find that it leads to greater productiveness and enjoyment of life. One big advantage of living by yourself is that you don’t need to worry about getting distracted when you want to concentrate on something like meditation.
You may choose to live by yourself, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time alone. Giving back to society by volunteering some of your time is a really great thing to do if you have some time to spare. It’s also a great way to form new friendships. Depending on the hours you work, you might be able to volunteer to help kids with reading in school, or perhaps be a regular visitor for an elderly person in your apartment building or in the neighbourhood. Alternatively, you could give a couple of hours of your time to volunteer in one of the many charity shops. Of course, there are plenty of other activities for singletons – these are just a few that can make you appreciate the upsides of living by yourself.