Being socially distant doesn’t automatically mean we are alone. Thanks to advances in technology as well as the current “alone together” spirit circulating through our country, there are numerous creative ways to connect with other people and maintain your social life — all while staying home alone in your apartment.

How Can I Live Alone In An Apartment?

There is a lot of freedom in living alone: total domination of the remote control, breakfast for dinner, and 24/7 pajamas are just a few of the many perks that immediately come to mind. That being said, connecting with other people is also important for our mental and physical well-being. In fact, according to one study, a lack of social connections poses a greater risk to health than obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure.

There’s no mistake that social interaction is vital to our overall happiness. Lack of community and human connection can have significant, often unexpected, effects. In fact, loneliness can be mistaken for depression at times, simply because humans are meant to be engaged with others. If you are struggling with something that feels greater than a case of loneliness or more than just one bad day, visit MentalHealth.gov for resources and information.

How Can I Be Comfortable Living Alone?

Learning how to spend time with yourself is an important life skill to cultivate. There are many benefits to spending time alone. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect, take care of yourself, and spend time doing what you love. However, there are few things you can do to make living alone in an apartment more comfortable.

  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors. Just knowing you have the contact information of a neighbor to turn to with questions (or even borrow a cup of sugar) can help you feel more comfortable and secure.
  • Lean on your family and friends. Check in frequently with phone calls, video chats or text messages. It will make you feel good to know how they are doing and will probably feel good to share how you’re doing as well.
  • Consider getting a pet. Pets can make amazing companions. Check with your landlord to clarify the pet policy, then head to your nearest shelter to find the perfect four-legged friend.
  • Make your home cozy. If you haven’t had time before, now is the perfect opportunity to put your personal spin on your space. Pull out your most meaningful decorative items, frame and display your favorite photos, or splurge on some colorful throw pillows. Little touches really go a long way to cozy-up living space.
  • Arm yourself with knowledge. It’s amazing what you can learn online! Take time to virtually tour your neighborhood, especially if you are new to the area. Which local restaurant are people raving about? Where can you get the best deal on a new piece of furniture? Is there a new market opening up soon? Use this downtime to plan future adventures!

What To Do When Home Alone

For the determined social butterflies living alone during quarantine, there are a plethora of creative ways to be social and stay connected.

  • Virtual happy hours. Host a virtual happy hour on Zoom or other video conferencing platform. Invite your friends, family, and maybe that neighbor you just met to enjoy a drink and few laughs together. Kick it up a notch with a fun theme (wig party!) or Zoom background
  • Living room dance party. If you are missing the clubs, check out #ClubQuarantine, a virtual dance party on Instagram Live every Saturday. Special guests have included Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Rihanna.
  • #NetflixParty. Binge-watch Netflix with your squad using the Netflix Party Chrome Extension. Once downloaded, the extension allows a Netflix show (or movie) to be streamed on multiple devices at the same time. Just add popcorn and enjoy a virtual movie night almost as good as the real thing.
  • Online volunteering. You can meet people and participate in a good cause, all from the comfort of your own home. Transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian, record audiobooks for Librivox, help with sustainable development through United Nations Volunteers, or donate professionals skills to nonprofits through Catchafire.
  • New hobbies. There are so many easy hobbies to pick up that will keep you busy. Puzzle sales are booming right now with one company reporting sales have jumped 370%. If the show “LEGO Masters” has taught us anything, it’s that adults can get their brick on, too! And if you’re good with needle and thread, you can join the army of crafty people making cloth face masks for first responders and medical personnel. (Here’s one YouTube tutorial). There’s surely something for everyone. Do a quick internet search on something new you’d like to try and get to learning!

Stay Busy — And Social — While Staying Home

It’s no secret that we’re all spending more time inside this spring than we expected.  Connecting with others can help you feel less lonely and provide a great opportunity for personal growth.

At Southern Management, we consider customer care one of the most important aspects of our business. We are dedicated to your entire well-being. Our current residents can continue to reach out to us through RentCafe (our resident portal), by email or by phone.

If you’re apartment hunting during this unprecedented time, we’re just a phone call, or a few keystrokes, away. We’re happy to chat and provide virtual apartment hunting resources. We can’t wait to speak with you, so contact our team today!