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Tips for Coping While Living Alone During Coronavirus


September 30, 2020


5 min

Living alone with corona virus

If coronavirus has taught us one thing, it’s the importance of self-care. Whether it’s juggling work, unemployment, virtual learning, or living alone during COVID, there are a lot of challenges that came with this new way of life. And navigating these uncharted waters can be scary, frustrating, and oftentimes stressful.

But despite everything that is going on, there are ways you can cope with your feelings, focus on self-care, and make the best of a bad situation.

Why it’s Okay to Admit Living Alone During COVID-19 is Hard

Living alone during COVID, whether because of a stay-at-home order or because of limited activity, is challenging. It’s ok to say that. It doesn’t in any way make you weak, or selfish, or petty to admit that. Hundreds of articles are out there telling people how to handle working from home while raising kids and navigating virtual learning, but there are very few out there that address the real challenges that come with quarantining alone.

And even as some of the restrictions are lifted in some areas, the toll isolation has taken doesn’t just disappear. It needs to be addressed and it’s important that individuals feeling this isolation find ways to cope.

5 Ways to Cope with Living Alone During the Coronavirus

The most important thing when it comes to living alone is to not let the loneliness stop you from taking care of yourself. Before you let yourself get buried in your feelings alone, you need to find ways to cope to help you stay active, social, and aware of your feelings.

  1. Stick to a Regular Routine – Even if you’ve fallen into a routine of sleeping until noon, you need to get back to the basics. Having a routine that is familiar will keep you grounded and rooted in life pre-COVID. Get up at a certain time, shower, get dressed, shave, and prepare for your day. Open windows, start your day with a morning walk or listen to your favorite podcasts. Keep your days from blurring together by taking control with a healthy routine.
  2. Connect Digitally – While it’s not necessarily the same, there’s no reason you have to completely shut off your social life. Plan virtual happy hours, game nights, Netflix watch parties, or schedule weekly calls with fellow employees. It’s a great way to stay social in a way that isn’t forced or overwhelming. Make it as natural as possible.
  3. Find New Hobbies – One of the best things that has come out of quarantine is that people have found time to rekindle old hobbies or find new ones. Whether you focus on healthy eating, take up running, or find a creative outlet that even lets you make some money on the side, you need to find something that makes you passionate.
  4. Volunteer in Your Community – While you might not be able to volunteer in a traditional sense, you can become a pen pal for local seniors, you can collect food to drop off at local shelters, or you can clean out your closet and donate to local homeless shelters. Doing something for others is a great way to help out and make yourself feel a little bit better about your situation.
  5. Avoid Letting Things Get Out of Hand – It’s so easy to let the dishes pile up, clothes stay unwashed, and expired food sit in your fridge. But, that’s not a healthy way to live. Every part of your life impacts the way you see yourself. Practice some self-love and make your living arrangement one that you are happy to live in.

Declutter Your Space with ezStorage

If you are realizing that your apartment, house or condo is a little too cluttered for you to feel comfortable while living alone, now is the perfect time to invest in temporary storage. You can free yourself of clutter, give your apartment a fresh look, and give yourself the opportunity to open your mind to possibilities. ezStorage makes it easy to rent temporary storage rental units in and around Alexandria, Takoma Park, and Liberty, MD. Consider taking advantage of our new contactless rental option to minimize contact while quarantining. Or, if you prefer to rent your unit on-site, our storage facilities in Virginia, DC and Maryland  are open and our staff is ready to assist you. Rent a storage unit today!

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