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One of the hardest aspects of moving to a new location as an adult is making new friends. You don’t have the luxury of walking up to someone, offering them your toy to play with and them becoming lifelong friends. Those childhood inhibitions are long gone and buried. The reality of meeting new people and fostering interactions with others that can turn into great friendships can seem like a near impossible feat. That’s why you’ve got to make the effort and use some strategies to help you. So before you begin to feel stir crazy and lonely in your new neighbourhood, use some of these tips to help get you out there and making new friends in your new location.
Get to Know Your Neighbours
What better way to start off a new move than by making a point to meet the neighbours? Whether it’s a house or a complex that you’re moving into, you’re guaranteed to have people all around you. And sure, maybe they’ll end up being people you’d rather not invite into your inner circle of friends, but then again, maybe they will. But you’ll never know until you try. So take a deep breath, knock on that door, introduce yourself and invite them over for dinner.
Join a Class or Sports Team
If you failed on the neighbour front, or it’s just not a match for friendship, take up a class, join a sports team, or take up a new hobby. Joining a team or class is a great way to interact with different people from all walks of life, while seeing if there are any particular personalities that you connect with. And even if you fail to really make any strong or lasting connections, it’s a great way to just get out of the house, work on your social skills, and get active in the community.
Join a Meetup Group
Thankfully, the world of technology makes it so much easier to find and meet people who do share similar interests and are even within your age-range (if that’s important to you). Meetup.com is a site that is dedicated to bringing people together from just about anywhere. It’s usually free and very simple to use, and it’s one of the best ways to meet new people and make new friends. Hop online and see what piques your interest.
As an adult, it can be a challenge to make new friends. And relocating to a new neighbourhood can make it even more difficult. But once you put in the effort, you will find that by joining classes and getting out to socialize whenever you can, it really isn’t all that difficult to meet new people while settling into your new home.
Settling into your new home all starts with a great move. First Rate Movers is a leading professional moving company in Ottawa, offering services such as local moving, local long-distance moving, consolidated moves, piano moving, and furniture hoisting.