Being on your own, following the end of a long-term relationship, can be quite daunting. It often presents challenges, like boredom and loneliness.
My intention, in writing this book, is to introduce you to some strategies that will help you keep your sanity intact.
In what follows, I share seven strategies for finding constructive or interesting ways to use your alone time, and two personal growth and development strategies you can use to stay connected with the world, and to explore some of life's more intriguing questions.
These strategies will remind you that there are things you can do, things you can learn, places you can visit, and friends you can make. They also highlight the value of making commitments to your personal growth and engaging with others.
Over the last several years I have spent a fair amount of time on my own. My long-term relationship may not have ended when my wife accepted a position in another country, but it certainly changed form.
Since finding myself on my own for months at a time, I have employed the strategies I am sharing with you to write several books, focus on my spiritual journey, establish a blog, and stay connected to my extended family. I've also acquired a set of new skills, related to self-publishing and online marketing, had a lot of fun, met some interesting people, and travelled.
To be honest, I haven't had the time to feel bored or lonely.
I recommend that you explore some of the activities suggested in the first seven strategies. Discover which ones work for you and make the most of what they have to offer.
I encourage you to embrace strategies eight and nine: staying connected and befriending yourself. I believe these are essential for the ongoing sanity of anyone living alone.
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