How Being Single Can Positively Impact Your Mental Health


Being single can be difficult at times. Dating, or trying to get dates, can be frustrating and discouraging. Meeting new people can be fun, but you might long for a close, long-term relationship with one other person. If you find yourself staring longingly at couples holding hands, it may be time to reevaluate, and learn to appreciate the many benefits of single life. While being single can sometimes make you feel sad and lonely, there are times when its more beneficial for your mental health.

  1. Rediscover Yourself

One of the best things about being single is that you have the opportunity to rediscover yourself. Your alone time will cause you to be more introspective and develop insight into what makes you happy and what your core values are. As you take a walk through a park or enjoy a cup of coffee alone, you can re-evaluate your goals. As you learn to feel comfortable in your own company, you'll discover that happiness comes not from another person, but from within.


2. Better Friendships

Single adults have more time to network with others and develop outside friendships. You can schedule more time to be with (or make) friends, joining friends for birthdays and weekend trips that will make lifelong memories. Friendships reduce stress and anxiety, while increasing happiness and confidence.


3. Find New Interests

As a single person, you have additional time that you can use to develop new hobbies and interests. If you've always wanted to join a yoga or spin class, join a hiking group or book club, you have time to dive in to new hobbies. Research shows that participating in hobbies can improve your mood and your ability to cope with stress.


If you're single and struggling with sadness or loneliness give my office a call today and let's schedule a time to talk.


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