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Independent Life Skills: Lifestyle & Social Interaction

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The style in which one lives their life can affect fulfillment and happiness. Social interaction and independence are the main contributors to someone feeling satisfied and happy. At times learning new skills or lifestyles can be overwhelming. It is important to start small and take steps toward bigger goals.

Lifestyle

Independence and happiness start with being able to do fun things in your day-to-day life without the requirement of supervision. These day-to-day activities could include any hobby. For example, shopping can be an easy and fun activity for someone to accomplish on their own.

Shopping allows someone to get out into the community and start to gain more independence as confidence grows. For instance, this hobby might began by getting dropped off at the mall and once confidence as grown enough they could take the bus.

Hobbies can be a great way to gain experience and comfortability interacting in the community. They are also a potential event to socialize and create friendships.

If someone doesn’t have the confidence to learn new skills then household activities can be a beneficial place to start. For example, learning things like doing laundry, ironing, cleaning, and gardening can be simpler to monitor and less overwhelming.

Social Interaction

Relationships are an important part of everyone’s life. Whether these relationships are intimate or not they still have a major impact. Creating meaningful relationships takes certain and practice.

All relationships begin with social interaction and a good first impression can be impactful. Social skills needed to be learned and practiced just like every other skill in life.

Few basic social skills to learn:

  1. Confidence when introducing yourself
  2. Eye contact
  3. Personal space
  4. Common courtesy (Example: Holding a door open)
Previous Independent Life Skills Blogs:

Being On Time

Personal Hygiene

Eating a Balanced Diet

Self-Advocacy

Life Skills and Daily Activities

Sources:

Endeavour Foundation

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