Has your social life started to crumble? There are many big lifestyle changes and commitments that can cause a breakdown in our social life such as moving location to having a child to taking on a new job. This can lead many of us to feel isolated and frustrated. Fortunately, it’s never too late to repair your social life. Here are just a few ways that you can break out of that cocoon and become a social butterfly once again.
Have you tried to mend those old broken ties? No amount of time is too long to reconnect with faces from the past. If they live too far away, try to keep in contact via the web. There may be some old ‘friends’ that constantly put off arrangements to meet up and others that you do meet up with and then realise neither of you has anything in common. It’s alright to cut off these ties – focus on the people in which there is a mutual desire to meet up. If you have none of these friends, it may be time to make new ones.
Clubs are an easy way to force you into meeting new people of a similar interest or lifestyle. This could be a sports club or a hobby such as painting or reading. It could be a club for new mothers or a business community group. It could even be a religious group such as this one https://www.cenaclesisters.org/Retreats-and-Programs/. Find something that deeply interests you or try out a new hobby or interest. Community centres, town halls and libraries are some good places to find out about local clubs.
Become a regular
Becoming a regular at a local shop, bar or café could help you to meet new people. Find somewhere you enjoy going and don’t be a silent customer. Talk to the staff and talk to the fellow customers and you may make some new friends.
Get involved in your community
Getting involved within your community is a great way to meet new people whilst helping to make a difference locally. This could be anything from volunteering at a homeless shelter to helping with a local festival or fair. Sites such as https://do-it.org/organisations/search are great for finding voluntary positions locally. Find a cause that means something to you and you’ll meet other people that are just as interested in that cause.
Arrange your next social event there and then
Once you start meeting people and going on social events outside of club meetings and community work, it’s important to keep the social spark alive by arranging your next get-together then and there. This forward planning stops you from drifting apart the moment you say your goodbyes. This is a particularly good strategy to use when meeting old friends over a long distance. Don’t let all that work you’ve put in reconnecting go to waste and ensure your next catch-up is planned there and then even if it is in six months time.