Filipino families are so tight-knit that some young adults still live with their parents, and that’s perfectly fine. For one, it may be difficult for them to find comfort anywhere else other than their home. Also, depending on how far from home their moving to, the new environment and culture might not be to their liking or may be challenging adapting to.

If you still find it hard to get used to living alone, give these five tips a try.

1. Embrace Your Independence

You can finally say it’s your home and it’s your rules! And to think that it started from going through countless “condo for sale” ads. Embrace your independence by setting the furniture and decor up the way you like it. Hang up posters of things or people that inspire you. Make the space your own. Gone are the days when you have to share everything with your siblings. Get as much “me” time as you can in your own home.

2. Socialize When You Can

While one of the perks of living alone is being able to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, it doesn’t mean you have to overdo it. Social isolation is dangerous for anyone as it may increase the risk of heart disease and depression. Go out with co-workers or with friends when you can! It’s also a way to distract yourself from homesickness if you’re starting to feel it.

3. Start Budgeting

Now that you’re in charge, it’s time for you to start planning your weekly budget. It’s as easy as keeping a record book and listing down your projected expenses every week. Stick with your projections, so you don’t have to worry about having a diet of only cup noodles a few days after payday. If you want to keep everything digital, use Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets’ expense tracking templates. Everything from the equations to the graphs is taken care of. All you need to do is fill it out with your expected expenses.

4. Plan Your Meals

Gone are the days when mom would cook you breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Now, it’s your turn to provide food for yourself. Start by looking for easy meal prep recipes online. You’ll also need microwaveable containers and a lunchbox with utensils. This might be challenging at first, especially if you’re new to cooking. But you can always call home if you need any help. Planning your meals is not only healthy, but it also saves you money in the long run because you’re buying raw ingredients.

5. Phone Home Whenever Possible

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While you might be enjoying the peaceful quiet of your home, it’s normal to get homesick at times. Your mom and dad are only one Messenger call away. If possible, invite them over during the weekend. Show them around your home away from home.

Independent living has its perks and challenges. You’re in complete control of everything, from the decor to the bills. But dealing with them can also get daunting, especially if you’ve lived your whole life in your family home. Take charge of your independence and get out of the house when you can. Independent living doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.