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Thriving Solo: 10 Ways to Beat Loneliness in Single Living


Living in your own apartment can be a liberating experience, allowing you to enjoy the independence and freedom of having your own schedule and space. However, living alone can also lead to feelings of loneliness or isolation at times, whether you are living alone for the first time or are an experienced solo act. In this blog, we'll explore 10 ways to combat loneliness and lead a more fulfilling and connected lifestyle on your terms.

10 Ways to Combat Loneliness

  1. Create a Routine
  2. Connect with Your Support System
  3. Embrace Technology
  4. Take Up a Hobby
  5. Become a Volunteer
  6. Explore Community Resources
  7. Consider Getting a Pet
  8. Take a Class
  9. Stay Active
  10. Attend Social Events

Create a Routine

Establishing a daily routine can give structure and purpose to your life when living alone. Plan activities, set goals, and allocate time for self-care, hobbies, and social engagements to help you stay focused and motivated.

Connect with Your Support System

Reach out to your friends, family, and neighbors regularly. Arrange times to meet for a meal, take a walk, or have weekly phone calls with our loved ones. Maintaining a supportive social network and spending time with the people you care about allows you more opportunities for companionship and meaningful connections.

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Embrace Technology

Leverage the power of technology to connect with others. If you are far from your hometown, social media platforms, video chat, and messaging apps are great ways to stay in touch with friends and family . You can also join online communities or forums to find new friends in your city with similar interests. Most online communities also schedule group meet-ups for members to connect safely in real life.

Take Up a Hobby

Engaging in hobbies creates opportunities to meet people who share your passions. Whether painting, hiking, cooking, or playing an instrument, immersing yourself in activities will keep you engaged and connected.

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Become a Volunteer

Volunteering allows you to connect with like-minded individuals who share your values. The varieties and levels of volunteer opportunities are boundless. You are sure to find an organization that suits your abilities and availability. Dedicating your time and skills to a cause you care about benefits others and gives you a sense of fulfillment and purpose.

Explore Community Resources

Our apartment communities are in some of the most vibrant cities along the West Coast, putting you at the epicenter of neighborhood resources great for meeting new people and building connections. Take advantage of local libraries, community centers, and local organizations, as these often offer a wide range of activities, programs, and clubs you can join.

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Consider Getting a Pet

Pets can be wonderful companions, offering unconditional love and purpose to your day. Caring for a furry friend provides support, routine, and a great excuse to get outside, explore your community, and connect with other pet parents. Many of our communities have onsite dog parks and pet washing stations, which provide opportunities to meet your neighbors. Do some research and consider adopting a pet that suits your lifestyle.

Take a Class

Classes present an opportunity to grow your knowledge and your social network. Community centers, parks and recreation departments, and community colleges offer a variety of courses to fit your needs and interests, whether you want to learn a new skill or continue your education to excel in your career. Meet your classmates for a study session or a cup of coffee and see how much more you have in common.

Stay Active

Research on the merits of regular physical activity is extensive. From numerous physical benefits to improving your mental health and mood and promoting better sleep, there is a bonus of enhancing your social life. Using your apartment's fitness center, taking fitness classes, or walking in your neighborhood can facilitate social interactions and improve your overall well-being.

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Attend Social Events

Going to social events with friends or coworkers can be a great way to network and grow your social circle. Join happy hour, team lunches, trips to your local coffee shop, or game nights. If these activities still need to be put in place, take the lead and host some get-togethers using community amenities, from clubhouses, recreation rooms, and outdoor firepits.

Being alone doesn't mean you have to feel lonely. You can have a satisfying life with meaningful relationships and engaging activities while embracing the independence of living in your own apartment home. Building a supportive network, engaging in hobbies, connecting with your community, and seeking opportunities for social interaction are key to achieving your ideal lifestyle while avoiding loneliness along the way.

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