I don’t participate in nearly as many activities as I used to due to the short amount of time. I honestly probably got a bit lazy with it, but instead of working and going to school all the time, I just wanted to workout on my time off and focus on my healthy lifestyle.
I miss my friends back home so terribly much and when you no longer have that close knit friendship with a few people, it makes you a bit lonely! It’s also made me realize how many great friends I have, and better yet I still talk to all of them. That’s true friendship right there.
So how would someone make friends if they were finished with school or didn’t go to school, and worked at a job with people who were much older than you? Now, that would be very difficult, but here are some tips!
1. Become more proactive and talkative at your gym, yoga studio.
You would be surprised by how extremely friendly people are if you just open up to them and talk. I’ve met some pretty awesome people at my gyms and any time people come up to me for assistance/help with different techniques at the gym, I make sure to give them my name and tell them they can ask me questions any time.
2. Take up new hobbies where you can meet new people.
Groupon is a great way to meet new people because of the crazy amounts of coupons they have for fun, physical or nonphysical activities. You also get to try out new hobbies and potentially fall in love with a certain hobby. I’ve tried out different yoga studios and other fitness related hobbies from this app.
3. Use meeting up sites/apps like Meetup.com or Girlfriendsocial.
Meetup.com is great for going to different events that you would be interested in. The different groups can be catered to your age, and your interests. Being in the Chicago area allows me to have TONS of different choices to choose from.
The groups can vary from fitness related topics to singles meeting up at different events. Girlfriendsocial is SOLELY for ladies. It’s great to use because there are no men on the site obviously, which leads to zero messages pertaining to anything more but friendship. I’ve met a few ladies on here that had similar interests as me. We would become FB friends first and get to know each other, then meet up in person.
4. Don’t be afraid to get to know someone and introduce yourself.
I’m a bit of a quiet person at first when I meet people, but I have to remind myself to be a little bit more outgoing at first and not be afraid of not clicking with someone.
How do you make friends in a new city? Did you ever struggle to make friends when you moved to a new city?