Whether you’ve been single for a while now or just gotten out of a relationship, it can be easy to fall into bad habits when it comes to self-care. While everyone else seems to be happily partnered up, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look after your well-being as a singleton.
After all, it’s just as important, if not more so, to make sure you’re healthy both physically and mentally when you’re doing things solo. With this in mind, let’s take a look at five tips for taking care of your well-being when you’re single.
When it comes to therapy, there are many different options out there. In fact, it could take a bit of time to figure out which kind suits you best – and no, there’s nothing wrong with getting therapy, even if you don’t think you need to.
This is because therapy is a great tool to help you become more self-aware. This means that you get to explore your blind spots, and things you may like to improve about yourself in a safe space.
Foster other relationships
While you’re single, it’s essential to reflect on the existing relationships in your life, and figure out which ones you cherish and want more of. If you wish you spent more time with your family, or a particular group of friends, be proactive about doing so.
There’s no time like being single than appreciating those around you, and fostering the relationships you share, solidifying them for the future.
Get a regular Check-up
When we say get a regular check-up, we’re not necessarily talking about going to the doctor once a month. However, it’s still important to stay on top of your health, whether you’re single or not, as this can contribute to your overall well-being.
If you prefer to look after yourself without having to talk to the doctor regularly, I recommend checking out an at-home STD test kit. This is a great way to check in with yourself every now and then and make sure that everything is working as it’s supposed to, without even having to leave the comfort of your home.
Try something new
It sounds really cliché, but there’s nothing like getting to know yourself better while your single than to sign up for something new. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try Bikram yoga but never got around to it. Or maybe you’ve got rock climbing on the brain, and know that they’re running a beginner’s class at the local gym.
Trying something new is a great way to keep yourself spontaneous and daring, which will, in turn, do wonders for your general sense of well-being.
Learn when to feel – and when not to
The reality is, our feelings can lie to us. A lot of what we do is out of fear – but it doesn’t have to be. The more you know yourself, the better you can read your feelings. This will teach you to learn when to feel the emotions your brain is presenting, and when not to.
Taking care of your well-being when you’re single is easier said than done. However, while it may sound pretty challenging, it actually comes with a lot of rewards as well.
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Peter Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of Edinburgh.