Friends are an important part of everyone’s life. They provide companionship, support and advice. But let’s face it, friends can also be a source of pain and anguish. While most of us balance our lives with the ups and downs of friends, sometimes we find ourselves without any friends at all. This can be a self-imposed situation and a place one just suddenly finds oneself.
If one finds themself in this situation, perhaps you’ve decided that it would be wise to take a break from the stress of friendship. This can be a time of immense personal growth and development, but there are a few things to consider. Here are some key survival tips for living without friends.
1. Mental health resources
Friends do provide a support network that allows us to voice our fears and anxieties and get feedback on our future plans. This support is essential to good mental health. The good news is there are plenty of resources for you. If you don’t want or need personal interaction, check out things online. There are plenty of advice forums and one can get plenty of free advice and counsel.
For more formal or serious issues, consider reaching out to a mental health professional. Most health insurance will pay for this service. There are also generally free or low-cost community resources available too. And lastly, this is an area where one can also turn to the internet. Many professional counselors can now be accessed online through text or video chat.
2. Health considerations
Whether we realize it or not, friends look out for us in times of difficulty. If a friend who we regularly see or talk to doesn’t hear from us for a while, he or she will likely make inquiries about our health. If we fall ill friends can comfort us and provide meals or just companionship.It is vitally important to make arrangements beforehand to cope with these eventualities. The best way to avoid problems is to think ahead and be a bit on the overcautious side.
If feeling under the weather, let people around you know. Workmates, one’s boss, neighbors and the like should all be made aware. You don’t have to act like a hypochondriac, but a quick and simple mention to a number of casual acquaintances and co-workers may keep you from suffering alone if illness gets worth.
3. Personal safety
Spending more time alone means potentially increases the chance of risk of crime or personal injury. The best way to combat this is to be more aware of your situation and surroundings. Police always recommend thinking ahead and having a plan.
When walking alone, take note of those around you and be aware of potential safe havens like stores and shops. If driving and you get the sense of being followed, keep driving to an open business, police or fire station. One can’t be too careful in these situations.
Being without friends for either a short or long period of time can still be a fulfilling period in one’s life. However the circumstances of this condition can put one in situations with which we are not familiar. While simply being without friends doesn’t necessarily put us at any greater risk, it is important to be prepared if bad things happen. The answer to this is to think ahead, be prepared and have a plan. With a little forethought one can make it with no problems.