Adulting has never been an easy task for everyone. People tend to seek more challenges that can improve their life and mindset. One of the most common things that people have as a choice to improve their life is by living by themselves, away from their parents and relatives. Data from the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) shows that the share of adults who live alone has nearly doubled in the last 50 years and in 2019, 14.6 percent of adults lived by themselves in the United States. If you ever contemplate living alone by yourself, you may want to reconsider your decision by knowing some of the pros and cons of living by yourself.
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Pros of Living by Yourself
To Practice Problem-Solving Skills
Apart from taking care of yourself, you also need to take care of your place. Not infrequently several problems arise such as lights that go out, clogged toilets, to water gallons that need to be replaced. Well, when you live alone, you are 'forced' to rack your brain and try to solve this problem alone. If you are used to dealing with situations like this alone, over time your ability to solve problems will increase.
Get to Know Yourself Better
The best way to get to know someone is to spend as much time as possible with that person. Well, this also applies to yourself. Living alone can be one of the best ways to get to know yourself. You can discover new things about yourself, such as strengths, weaknesses, and motivations without being distracted by the presence of other people. Not only that, but you can also self-introspect yourself which is certainly beneficial for both yourself and others.
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Learn to be Responsible
Living alone is a great way to learn about responsibility. Since there is no one else in the house to ask for help, you can't help but try your best to solve it yourself, for example paying water and electricity bills, cleaning the house, shopping, cooking, and so on. This habit will make you independent and more mature.
Learn Financial Management
Another benefit of living alone is that you can learn to manage your finances. With the salary/income received, you will divide it for household items in detail-and make sure you have enough money until your next payday. This means you will also value money more.
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Cons Living by Yourself
High Health Risk
Living alone means there's no one remind to you to eat or do healthy activities other than yourself. You may forget to set habits and lifestyles that actually turn out to be unhealthy. So, this can put you at risk for various health problems.
There is a possibility of you becoming more consumptive. Surely you have a lot of desire to decorate your home and buy things that you don't really need. Because of this, living alone tend to make you more consumptive.
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Knows No Time Limit
Because you live alone, you are bound to spend more time outside. There is no one who limits your curfew and regulates your life. You will feel unrestrained and this actually makes your life disorganized since no one can control your daily activity.
So, there you have it, some of the pros and cons of living alone yourself. Either way, there are always pros and cons to every choice you make. One thing that you have to make sure of is that you need to be ready for all the obstacles that might happen once you decide to move out from your comfort zone.