I moved into my very first apartment on June 1st and have been living alone here since. I’m staying in Amherst, Massachusetts for the summer instead of going back home to New Jersey because I have both a job and an internship in the area. I won’t be alone forever, my three roommates will be moving in for the school year. But until then, it’s just me and my two rabbits!
Historically, one of my biggest triggers of anxiety has been being away from home. I thought that I would be an anxious wreck living by myself. Luckily, that has not been the case. Here are some things that I’ve noticed have helped with the transition:
I am at my internship two days a week and working at my job four days a week. In my free time, I have been exploring the area or hanging out with friends. If I was sitting around in my apartment all day, I would probably start to get lonely.
FaceTime your friends and family.
I think I have consistently FaceTimed either my parents, my boyfriend, or a friend every night since I’ve moved in. This helps keep you close to loved ones that are far away and makes it feel like they’re around you!
I’m never actually alone since I have my rabbits here with me. I always have one to play or cuddle with, and this is a giant help when I’m starting to get anxious.
Make your room your own.
Decorate your room and make it feel like home! When I’m in my apartment, I spend most of my time in my room, so I wanted to make it as cozy as possible. Having tons of pictures of my friends and family makes me feel like I’m back in New Jersey with them. I love watching room tours on YouTube so I decided to make my own! Have a peek inside:
If you have a tip I missed, make sure to leave a comment below!