Alone Anxiety: A Guide to Living On Your Own For the First Time
Moving out from home for the first time can be a truly jittery affair. We’ve all been there: you’re fresh out of university and looking to embark on setting down roots of your own. If you’ve lived with friends and family for most of your life, it is not uncommon that you will feel a great sense of anxiety when the time has come for you to fly solo. In this article, we provide you a short and simple guide to living on your own for the first time. Follow these steps and you’ll be fast tracked into your new life of freedom – anxiety free and enjoying every moment along the way!
1. Security Is Step One
One of the best ways to curb your anxiety when moving into your own space is to ensure that you are truly up to date with security. What better way to keep your mind at ease than knowing that there is nothing to fear because you’ve taken the steps to fully secure your home?
When it comes to home security, there are a number of options you can look into such as security doors, security systems/alarms, installing sturdy locks on windows and doors and eliminating hiding places around the home by planting evergreens or any other form of foliage that will make it near impossible for burglars to access your home. One of the biggest fears that many have when moving out on their own for the first time is burglary, home invasion and so on, so if you keep up to date with your security plan, you can rest well at night knowing that you are safe and sound!
2. Get To Know The Neighbours
A great way to ease your anxiety when moving into your own space for the first time is to take the effort to get to know your neighbours. You don’t have to be knocking on everyone’s doors, but getting to know the people on your level if you’re living in an apartment or in the surrounding houses if you’re living in a house is a great way to start easing into your new environment.
Neighbours will be able to give you a treasure trove of information about the area you have just moved into and can be of assistance should you need a helping hand with things once in a while. They’ll even be able to check on your home when you’re on vacation, so it’s always a good idea to be friendly with the ones you live amongst. Who knows, you may make a really good friend or two in the process as well!
3. Get Organised With Your Chores
The last thing you need to face when you get home at the end of the busy day is a mountain of unwashed dishes in the sink and a room that looks like a tornado has passed through it. Chores…we all hate doing them, but they are a necessary evil. If you were living with your family before, you may have had the luxury of mum and dad getting everything done around the house.
Now that you are on your own, it’s time to get organised with those darn chores. Ensure that you have a plan set up – what day will you give the house a thorough clean? Do you have spare batteries, light bulbs and other necessities? Which day have you decided to do the weekly grocery shopping on? When you keep organised, you’ll be able to get through your chores without wanting to pull your hair out. Trust us, this is one of the most important things when it comes to living on your own!
4. Pay Attention To That Bank Account
So many people worry about not being able to pay their rent and utility bills on time when they are living on their own. This is why it is so important that you pay attention to your bank account. Are you prone to spending too much money? Perhaps it is time to manage your finances. You will want to ensure that you are spending wisely, in order to be able to keep up with the bills. Missing out on paying bills can often lead to a bad credit record which may affect your future endeavours.
5. Get Some Friends Over
Last but not least, don’t forget that just because you live on your own doesn’t also mean that you have to constantly be…alone! Now that you have your very own pad, it’s time to invite friends round. Have a weekly gathering over some wine and crackers with the girls, or a movie night with loved ones. There is nothing better than sharing your new space with the ones who matter, and it will help keep any feeling of loneliness at bay.
We hope that this short and simple guide on living on your own for the first time has given you some oh so needed tips. All the best!