Pro’s & Cons to living alone.
It’s no joke, one of the most unprecedented trends of modern society is the number of people who choose to live alone.
Today, more women in their 50s are living alone than ever before, and according to the Office of National Statistics, solo living is more common among older women than men. Far from being a negative experience though, living alone in later life can be incredibly enriching and liberating – and can even be beneficial to your health.
Living alone can be associated with independence and positive feelings, but a new study suggests that living without roommates, life-partners could actually increase the risk for developing depression.
The study results showed that people who lived alone bought more antidepressants than people who lived with roommates. Also, a large majority of NHS patients suffering alone with mental health issues rely on aided proscriptions to help with their symptoms.
“For people who are prone to depression, living alone can definitely be a contributing factor in developing depression, “The lack of social contact is a primary influence within the limbic system. Humans need human stimulation for a balanced life.”
When you make the first move to opening up about you’re loneliness and mental health issues, you will find that there’s so many other people out there who are feeling the same as you.
“There is nothing wrong with receiving help. It’s okay to not be okay and to say so. You’re not alone.”
While psychology research has previously shown that elderly people living alone are more at risk for depression and other mental health conditions, a new Finnish study finds that younger working-age adults who live by themselves are 80 percent more likely to develop depression compared with people living in families.
Investigators surveyed 3,471 men and women ages 30 to 65 in 2000 and asked whether they lived alone or with others, as well as other information about their lifestyle like social support, work climate, education, income, employment status, housing condition, smoking habits, alcohol use and physical activity levels.
The findings show that people who lived alone bought 80 percent more anti-depressants during the seven-year follow-up period ,and that a quarter of participants living alone filled an antidepressant prescription during the study period, compared to just 16 percent of those who lived with others like spouses, family or roommates.
Researchers suggest that the link between living alone and depression could be explained by several types of psychosocial and material disadvantages of single people.
Benefits of living alone
1. You can walk around in the nude without feeling self-conscious
It’s your space and you have it all to yourself! If you want to leave your clothes on the floor while your prance around doing your daily chores in your own home, well, that is your right!
2. You can drink straight out of the bottle
Why dirty up a glass when the only person drinking out of the milk container is you? The same goes for juice… right?
3. You can clean at your leisure
You aren’t affecting anyone else by having your mess spread across your own home. If you’re too busy or too tired to clean up on any given day, there’s no guilt in putting it off until your ready. There’s no pressure on you, or anyone breathing down your neck, to clean up your dishes from last night’s meal.
4. You have plenty of personal space and time for self-discovery. You can and will learn so much about yourself during time spent on your own. It may be a difficult adjustment at first, especially if you are accustomed to living co-dependently, but the skills you will learn will be more than worth it. You will learn how to handle personal and emotional situations with only yourself to work through it, seeing as you won’t have anyone else’s opinions infiltrating your thoughts.
5. You don’t have to worry about someone else finishing the last roll of toilet paper
… Or the soap, or the dish detergent, or basically any other communal product housemates tend to share.
6. You can do whatever the hell you want
In choosing to live alone, you can basically behave any way you want without consulting another person. If you want to have five friends from out of town stay with you for a weekend, there’s no one to stop you. You aren’t encroaching on anyone else’s space, seeing as the entire home is yours.
7. Have a luxurious bed all to yourself. You can fidget all night and still keep the quilt all to yourself.
Just some of the many perks to living alone.