Tag Archives: Independent living

Developing Problem-Solving Skills

Life is filled with many problems that need solving. Problems may result from everyday situations, relationships, opportunities, challenges, changes, and even crises. Sometimes the situations you face are complex, involve other people, and need multiple decisions. Some problems may feel so overwhelming that you try to avoid dealing with them. Solving problems effectively is a skill you can learn. Continue reading

Developing Decision-Making Skills

Decisions are part of life. Each day you make countless decisions, or choices. Each decision you make has a unique set of characteristics. As you make decisions, you will find that following a step-by-step process will result in easier decisions and better results. In addition, you will want to take a positive approach to decision-making and avoid negative approaches. Continue reading

Recognizing Factors that Influence You

Both internal and external factors influence everything you do. Internal variables are very personal and include your values, goals, emotions, needs and wants. Your personal priorities, the comparative importance you place on each of these factors, may influence you as well. External variables, including family, friends, and other factors, also influence you. Continue reading

Making the Most of Resources

Resources are the tools you will use to make the most of your life. While people have the same types of resources, your personal set of resources is unique. For example, not everyone has the same knowledge and skills or the same amount of energy. For that reason, decisions about the use of resources are very personal. Continue reading

Making the Most of Living with Family

Sometimes, living on your own just isn’t the right choice for the time being. You may finish school and need time to find a job. You may lose your job and not be able to find a new one. You may have a financial crisis and need to cut your expenses until you recover. You might have a health or emotional crisis and need your family’s support. Remember that the people who have been there for you in the past are likely to be the ones you turn to when you need help. If you have maintained a positive relationship with your family and they can help, moving back home may be an option. However, as with moving out, moving back in may not be the right choice for either you or your family. Continue reading

Separating from Family and Friends

Moving away from home may cause you to experience homesickness, a longing for home and family and familiar routines. Homesickness isn’t exactly about either home or sickness. Instead, it stems from our needs for love, protection, and security–feelings and qualities usually associated with home. Homesickness can strike when you move to new surroundings and experience new situations, people, and demands. Continue reading