My Thoughts on Living Alone During Social Distancing

It’s been quite a week. For most of us, it’s been our first full week of social distancing, not really leaving the house or interacting with people as often as we normally would. And while it’s nice working from home, it gets to be a little much when you live alone. Normally, I don’t have a problem living alone—in fact, I love it! I love just having my own space to come home to. However, when you spend days at a time at home alone, you realize just how lonely it is.

On a normal day, I would go to work, go workout, then come home for the evening, so a very small portion of my day was actually spent at home. So I craved the alone time I had at home. And on the weekends, it was my way of recharging my batteries after being out and about all week. Not this week.

The first few days were fine. I didn’t mind being at home for extended periods of time. The weather was nice so I could easily go outside and go on a walk. Then, the end of the week came, where it snowed and was cold, leaving me cooped up inside. When Friday came around, I started to legit go stir-crazy, thinking that the world would end (I know, dramatic).

Let me preface this by saying that I have enough on my plate to keep me busy and enough items on my to-do list. But, for some reason, I didn’t have motivation this week to do any of them. I want to say that my mind was preoccupied with this whole situation, but I’m not really sure. All I know was that I didn’t want to do any of the action items I needed to get done but instead, turned to binge-watching TV or constantly on my phone.

It wasn’t all gloom and doom; my friend hosted a “coronacrafting” session where we were able to virtually meet up to craft and chat. And, I did end up spending Friday evening with my family who lives in the area, which made me feel a lot better. As I’m writing this, I’ve already had a great productive morning — I worked on some goal setting/planning for the coming quarter and month, did some baking, and getting ahead for the week.

The loneliness factor of living alone is hard. It’s hard when you have to stay inside day in and day out with the only means of communication being over the phone, text, and video. I think my biggest realization through this last week was that I’m never really “alone”. I have family and friends I can call to boost my spirits. Even coronacrafting helped put me in a better mood because it was people interaction, albeit virtual. So, pick up the phone and contact someone, or just set up a virtual happy hour to see everyone even though we can’t in person.

I hope you all are staying happy, healthy, and most importantly, sane!

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