I’m 41 and moved back home to live with my parents three years ago because of mental health problems.
Basically, it wasn’t safe for me to live on my own.
I’ve recently been planning to move back into my own house but I feel nervous at the prospect.
I’ve also arranged to get a dog to give me some company.
Do you think that’s a good idea?
I think if you feel ready to move and have talked it over with your parents and any doctors or counsellors who’ve been supporting you, then go for it.
But it’s OK to be honest about how you’re feeling – that you’re a bit scared. I think that’s natural.
You can also move with the knowledge in the back of your mind that if it gets too much, you can go back to your parents.
Getting a dog could be a very good idea – they are great company.
Being a dog owner also gives you something to focus on and care for apart from yourself. It makes you get up in the morning and go out for a walk.
And they’re great for hugs – there’s no doubt a dog can become a wonderful friend and companion.
However, as a dog owner myself, make sure the one you choose isn’t going to be too troublesome – for example, a big dog needs loads of walks and can be destructive when it’s a pup.
I have two tiny dogs and they are easy and adorable – and people don’t mind looking after them if you’re going on holiday.
And remember, there’s no reason to cut yourself off from your parents – why not pop round for lunch or dinner to begin with to ease the transition?
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