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6 Strategies for Being Happy Alone

6 Strategies for Being Happy Alone

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Author: Shernide Delva

Do you enjoy being alone? The truth is, most people don’t.

While some people get an immense amount of joy from independence, others struggle without friendships and relationships. The absence of a social environment is an emotional struggle.

If you ever had to move away or start over in a new place, you understand the struggle of adjusting to life without people you are familiar with. In recovery, your treatment may have been out of state, and you might decide to make a geographical change to ensure success in early sobriety.

Regardless of the reason, we all will have moments where we are alone. If you are having trouble feeling stable in this environment, try the strategies listed below:

  1. Develop a relationship with yourself.
    It might sound cliché, but it is possible to have a relationship with yourself. Make an effort to get to know yourself better. Chances are, in your addiction, you lost touch with you are as a person and your personal interest. Now is the time to redevelop those again.
    -Ask yourself the following questions:
    -What do I value in life?
    -What do I need more of?
    -What are my goals?
    -What’s next for me?
    Establishing a starting point of your relationship with yourself will help you realize that you can provide yourself with the emotional support and encouragement needed.
  2. Embrace Your Aloneness.
    A major part of the process is to embrace this period of your life when you are alone. If you embrace it, it shifts the experience from negative to positive. Being alone does not mean you are unlovable. It just means that for now, relationships are not the center of your world. Enjoy this time to get to know yourself better.
  3. Pursue Your Passions.
    The great part about being alone is that you have plenty of time to dedicate to your passions. If you have any career goals or aspirations in life, now is the time to get moving. Relationships and friendships take away time from your daily lives. While that is not a bad thing, now that you have more free time, use it to your advantage. Write down a list of all the opportunities and adventures you have always wanted to try and then do it.
  4. Take Yourself Out.
    One of the challenging aspects of being alone is the absence of regular social outings to engage in. With friends and relationships, you typically have a routine schedule of social events. The good news is that you can still do these things alone. Try going to your favorite restaurant alone with your favorite book. Go one a weekend getaway and get to know new people. Walk to your favorite coffee shop. Create a routine of activities you can look forward to.
  5. Engage with others.
    Chances are, there are plenty of people around you looking to make new friends. Do not be afraid of going to social outings and talking to new people. It can be nerve-wracking at first, but over time you will develop friendships and relationships by putting yourself out there. Plus, when people see how independent you are, they are more attracted to you as a person.

If you are a new phase of life where you feel alone, use this time to grow and become the person you desire to be. Change is a major component in recovery, and it is important that you embrace it. If you are struggling with your new journey of sobriety, call today. We can get you on the right path to success. 

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