Whether you’ve just moved to a new area, left your parents’ house, or graduated college, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to interact socially in a new place. However, social interaction is important for general well-being and emotional support. Maybe you are looking to make friends or reconnect with old friends, but in both cases there are some steps you can take to help you escape the solo life.
- Join a local interest group or organization. Book clubs, cooking classes, outdoor parenting groups, meet-ups, and theater organizations are just a few of the many options available. Thinking of a hobby you enjoy or a passion you have will help you find a group that fits you. Ideas can include a sport that you would like to play, an interest that you would like to learn more about, or an activity that you would like to try.
- Search online sites like MeetUp.com to find others in your area with the same interests. You can also check out your local library or community center to find local interest groups. These groups help connect people with common interests, and their regular meetings and activities will help you break out of a solo routine.
- Take a trip with a friend or two. Weekend days or short trips can help you reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a long time or visit friends who live far away. Take a few days off work to go to the beach, camping in the mountains, visiting an amusement park, or visiting a nearby city. Each of these destinations offers a host of attractions and activities to help you get out of the house. These trips also give you the time to talk and socialize with friends and revitalize relationships. You can take small trips to a regular event every month or so to make sure there is no time for socializing in your schedule.
- Make regular dates with friends. The dates can be anything from a weekly lunch to a monthly movie or a night out. Making regular plans with others gives you something to look forward to and normal social interaction. Encourage your friends to invite others to these dates if you want to expand your social circle. A small group of three or four people can provide a wide range of ideas and opinions, when in conversation or in search of an activity to try.
- Find someone to live with if you live alone. Having a roommate provides social support in the company and everyday social interaction. Even if you don’t often talk to your roommate, it can be comforting to know that someone else is in the residence. Companions can also share meals and living costs.
- Ask a friend who knows he will get along with if you would like a roommate, ask friends or relatives if they know someone looking for a roommate, or carefully search classified ads. Make sure you know the person and feel comfortable with him before moving in together.
Tips and Warnings
Don’t be afraid to try new things without prior experience or knowledge. This will introduce you to a new group of people.
When searching for classified ads for colleagues, be careful. Make sure you can trust the person to avoid getting into an unpleasant life situation. You may also want to draw up a roommate agreement form so that you are both aware of the expectations when living together.