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5) Go to movies
Chances are those people you love who spend 8-10 hours a day in outside world probably want to rent a DVD, microwave some popcorn, and watch a film in comfort of their living rooms instead of venturing out into dark, crowded, and sticky-floored world of theaters. You, however, should resist urge. Watching a movie in public with a group of people around is ultimate socialization experience. Even though you don't know everyone in theater, you are connected for those two hours (or however long movie runs). Of course, if you can take your spouse, your friends, your children, or even your parents along, you definitely should. But if they'd rather stay home and vegetate on couch, you can always go alone.
6) Buy a laptop computer
Owning a home-based business doesn't mean you are never allowed to leave your house. Of course, you don't want to miss out on valuable work, but you also don't want to a prisoner in your home office. If you buy a laptop, you can have best of both worlds. You'll stay connected to your work and you can actually go out into world. You can work while you sip coffee, relax at park, or sit on your front porch. All of which will give you a much-needed chance to reconnect with rest of world.
7) Get a part-time job
You probably started your own home-based business to escape rat race so you might be hesitant about getting back out there. Even ten hours a week is enough to keep you sane, but should not be enough to drive you crazy. One freelance writer I know who works out of her home also teaches a five hour weekly writing course to college students in order to rejuvenate after hours of isolation. The class lets her be social, do something she enjoys, and earn a reliable stream of additional income. The effects of a part-time could be equally beneficial for you.
As you may have noticed, all of these ideas have one thing in common: they force you to leave your home. The reason is that only way to feel like you're not isolated, is to not isolate yourself. Taking a few minutes each day to talk to your working friends on phone, to stroll through nature, or to spend quality time with your family is all it really takes to keep your productive and happy.
Vishal P. Rao is the editor of Home Based Business Opportunities - A website dedicated to opportunities, ideas and resources to help you start and run a home based business. Visit him at: http://www.home-based-business-opportunities.com