Life can get hectic pretty easily. Between raising a family, working, managing a relationship with a spouse, and more, life can get complicated fast. With so much going on, it can be hard to make and keep outside relationships with friends. A lot of the time, these friends get set on the back burner. It can be so easy to dismiss them. However, friendships are such an important part of keeping a healthy lifestyle.
Having friends helps to reduce stress and anxiety while boosting your happiness. Having people who are there for you during both good times and bad also helps you to cope with life situations such as coping with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss, or the death of a loved one. This support system outside your home can give you a sense of belonging and purpose. These friendships can help improve your self-confidence and self-worth. Much of the time, by encouraging you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise. It can be nice to have someone that is outside your household to speak with and relieve the stress of the household. In all, a friendship can be beneficial if it is healthy.
This raises the question, how does one create friendships as an adult?
If you have children, it can be easier when your children reach an age when they start doing activities. This way, you’ll be able to connect with other moms who have similar interests as you.
Outside your children’s lives, there are other ways to make friends. You just have to be ready to possibly step out of your comfort zone and take a bit of time out of your schedule.
One way to meet new people is to attend community events in your area. Look for groups or clubs that gather around an interest or hobby you share.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people. Offer your time or talents at a hospital, place of worship, museum, community center, charitable group or other organization. You can form strong connections when you work with people who have mutual interests.
Step out of your comfort zone and extend and accept social invitations. Invite a friend to join you for coffee or lunch. When you’re invited to a social gathering, say yes. Contact someone who recently invited you to an activity and return the favor.
Taking up a new interest will give you something to do and open the door to meeting new people. Take a college course to meet people who have similar interests. Join a class at a local gym, senior center or fitness facility.
Making new friends can be as simple as taking a walk. Grab your kids or pet and head outside. Chat with neighbors who are also out and about, or head to a popular park and strike up conversations there.
It may seem daunting to put yourself out there to make friendships. But once you do you won’t regret it!
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