Home Alone: 9 Tips To Get Through Self-Isolation If You Live On Your Own

Techniques for those who live alone and practice social distancing amid COVID-19 pandemic.

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Remind Yourself Today Is Not Forever

Tell this to yourself every time you feel frustrated. After all, it's true. Remembering that this is just a temporary living situation will ease anxiety and loneliness, say Dr. Ortega.

Turn Crisis Into Opportunity

"What opportunity is here for me?" and "Is there something I can learn or create in light of this situation?" are the two questions you should ask yourself. According to therapist Tanya Fruehauf, they can help to re-frame your thoughts and change your perception of the situation.

Set Goals

Found ways to benefit from the situation? Great. Now make a list of activities. Clinical marriage and family therapist Afton Strate recommends exploring how you would like to spend time while at home. Go on a virtual museum tour or visit an online exhibition, find a new hobby or reorganize your wardrobe. For more ideas, read Hily's previous article.

Let Nature In

Another great tip from Afton Strate is to find ways to communicate with nature.

Don't Engage In Emotional Distancing

While practicing social distancing, you don't have to disconnect emotionally, says mental health speaker and clinician Lauren Cook. Share your feelings with your loved ones. Don't be afraid to reach out. Chances are, during this time they'd be more than happy to talk to you more often.

Help Your Community

According to Afton Strate, helping your community can also strengthen the feeling of being connected. You can use your talents or even develop some new skills to give back to your community. For instance, learn to sew masks, call your neighbors to see if they need any help, donate money to those in need or support someone who needs extra encouragement.

Create Comfort

Make your home the place where you feel as comfortable as possible. Anything you can implement to induce a sense of peace and comfort will be helpful as you adapt, says Lauren Cook. Light aroma candles, wear fuzzy socks or turn on your favorite music.

Follow A Self-Care Routine

A proper self-care routine can also improve your comfort level. Prioritize rest, staying hydrated, and eating well to maintain a healthy immune system response in general, recommends Afton Strate.

"While your routine has likely changed drastically, figure out what is essential for you to hold some sense of normalcy. For example, showering, get dressed for the day (even if that means comfortable clothes), brushing your teeth, having a bedtime, enjoying a morning cup of coffee."

Keep A Journal

There are lots of articles on the Internet explaining how journaling can improve your life. It's a smart thing to do in times of self-distancing even if it seems you have nothing to write about.

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