Many movies, television shows and songs on the radio would have people believe that being in a relationship is best and that a person can't be happy being single. This simply isn't true. Being single is much different from being in a relationship. Though it can seem lonely at times, you can get by and become happy. If you're newly single, it may take a while to get used to being single again, but it will happen and happiness is not beyond reach.
Write down all the advantages you can think of to being single. Advantages include more freedom to do what you want, when you want and with whomever you want. Refer to this list if you start to feel down.
Schedule regular social events with friends. Strong friendships often outlive other kinds of relationships and provide a sense of connection. Go to parties, go to movies, visit museums -- the list of what you could do is long.
Embrace a hobby you've always wanted to start or join an organization or a club that matches some of your interests. If you enjoy reading, for example, join a book club.
Get exercise. Exercise benefits the body and improves mood by increasing endorphins, which create a sense of well-being. It doesn't really matter what kind of exercise, just that you're moving your body. If you feel like being social, join a yoga class, Pilates or kickboxing class. Ask a friend to be your workout partner.
Redecorate your home the way you want it. This applies mostly to the newly single who are now living alone. Anyone, however, can benefit from mood-boosting changes in the home. Add plants and inspiring and cheerful artwork. Get rid of anything with bad memories attached to it.
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- If you have been in an extremely long and hard relationship take time, as much as you need before you start this process.