In a world that seems to revolve around relationships, sometimes the single life can be a struggle. But being on your own can mean pursuing your passions and finding self-fulfillment, too!
There can be plenty of pressure in daily life for people of all ages to be in a relationship. However, simply because being married or having a long-term partner can often be portrayed as ultimately fulfilling, that doesn’t mean that’s the case for everyone. Many people living the single life can be just as happy on their own.
With approximately 42 percent of American households living without a spouse or partner, it’s becoming more commonplace. More and more single people embrace their relationship status rather than seeing it as a flaw or transition state. With our tips, you can do that too!
Why the Single Life Can Be Great
There’s more than one reason that being single is something to celebrate. Sure, being on your own can be a challenge when it comes to weddings and Christmas parties. However, there are many ways it can be just as satisfying!
Many people in relationships tend to subjugate their needs to the relationship. But being able to focus on yourself means you can learn more about who YOU are and what you want! It can give you extra time to explore the world on your own or with friends. Because relationships often involve going out, it can also mean significant savings. Most importantly, it can teach you to be self-sufficient and really love yourself and the time on your own!
What Are Some Tips to Live a Happy Single Life?
It might sound like a cliché, but being single by choice can mean living your best life. Here are some tips on how to make the best of your situation! Share your tips on FamilyApp.
1. Have Quality Time With Yourself
If you’re single, there’s a lot of things you have to do on your own. So, instead of the mundane rut of daily routine, switch it up every once in a while. Take your book to a café or head out for a fancy lunch on your own. If you have kids, get a sitter, take a night off, and go out to dinner or a spa. The more you choose to do on your own, being single will begin to feel more comfortable!
2. Go Easy on Yourself
It’s easy to think being with another person is the end-all-be-all in a culture where relationships are romanticized by social media, advertisements, movies, and TV. However, being with another person isn’t the key to your happiness or well-being. Instead of being preoccupied with a relationship, focus on what you love about yourself. You have a unique style, sense of humor, and personality! The more you learn to love yourself, and the kinder you are to yourself, the more confident and carefree you’ll begin to feel.
3. Explore New Things
Being in a relationship often means many things you do will be with someone else. However, this can be limiting if your interests don’t always align. Make sure you’re getting out to try new things and explore your interests. A hobby you love can potentially become a new skill and a great way to build your confidence and talent. Try starting a garden, painting, sewing, volunteering, or playing tennis. You may even meet new and interesting people who share your new interest!
4. Be Honest With Yourself
Whether you’re single by choice or not, there are times of the year when it’s harder to be on your own. Being positive is important, but that doesn’t mean you should bottle up how you feel. Make sure if you’re feeling down that you talk to someone. Whether it’s a trusted family member, parent, best friend, or even a professional counselor, it can be beneficial to find an outlet for your emotions. Share your tips for staying positive on your favorite family app!
5. Don’t Let the Haters Get You Down
If you’re ready to embrace singleness, little comments like, “how are you single?” and “why haven’t you settled down yet?” can begin to hurt or even get on your nerves. But you can respond to these types of inquiries with: “Actually, I like being single. I’m in charge of my schedule, and I don’t have to compromise on anything” or simply, “because I’m not ready to settle down until I’ve met the right person.” If they’re a close friend, have an honest conversation with them about why those questions and statements can be frustrating.
6. Nurture Your Relationships
Even for the most self-sufficient of single people, loneliness can sometimes get the best of you. Alone time is important, but having friends and family you can share your life with is important too! Make sure that you prioritize friendships and meet new people so you have a support system of people you can talk to when you’re feeling low or in need of advice. Also, as a single person, you have more ability and freedom to show up for others when no one else can. Take advantage of that freedom, and cultivate friendships that are meaningful and healthy.
Rock That Single Life
Being single might have its challenges, but there’s plenty of happiness to be found in flying solo. With more time to explore your interests, nurture your friendships, and get to know yourself, you certainly have the potential to thrive!
Whether you chose the single life, or the single life chose you, don’t forget to take a deep breath, keep moving, and be kind to yourself. Be sure to reach out to the people you love on FamilyApp for support!