people standing in front of sunset, silhouette
Categories
Education Friendships Relationships

5 Ways to Make New Friends

Do you find it hard to make friends? Maybe you just moved to a new place and haven’t met anyone yet. Maybe you have friends, but want to make some new ones or the ones you do have are kind of crap?

Meeting new people is difficult at the best of times but that pressure doubles when you throw social awkwardness, anxiety or introverted-ness into the mix. Here are some practical tips to get you started:

Sports

It’s certainly not for everyone, but believe it or not, you actually don’t need to be sporty to enjoy sport… who knew?!? Team sports are great for building up solid relationships. You may not realise it straight away but teamwork is a great way to make friends.

Joining a social sports team is a way to get chatting with people because you already have a subject to talk about. Social sport usually means that there isn’t really a competitive element. Instead, people get together to play a sport for fitness or to socialise.

Dogs

Dogs are great friend makers and what’s more, dog owners really like to talk about their dogs. If you already have a dog, you’re halfway there already. If you don’t have a dog, then borrow your friend or neighbour’s dog.

Most people like to talk about dogs and they’re also really good for awkward people because playing with a dog gives you something to focus on when you’re talking to someone for the first time. What’s more, you’ll be making human friends AND dog friends, and who doesn’t want that?!

Get a Part-Time job

This one might not work for everyone but if you’ve just moved to a new town or the people at school or college aren’t really your crowd, get a part-time job. Somewhere like a cafe, a cinema, leisure centre or shop is a good place to start. Chances are, there will be other people a similar age who work there too. Even if the job itself is a bit rubbish, its a really good way to get talking to people. Then, when it feels right, try suggesting a work outing to your co-workers sometime.

Volunteering

Another good way to meet people is through volunteering.  If you have some spare time on your hands, volunteering is a really great way to fill it. You get to feel good about helping; it’s good for your CV; it’s even better for making friends and you’ll probably get a t-shirt – the benefits really are endless…

Learn an Instrument

You don’t even have to get good to start playing with other people. In fact, playing with others is the best way to get to grips with learning an instrument. Just teach yourself the basics using YouTube tutorials and fake it until’ you make it. Then, when you’re ready, start a band and hey presto – bandmates. (Plus, being able to play an instrument instantly increases your cool-factor – you can thank us later 😉).

The trick is to be confident in yourself. You don’t have to pretend to be someone you’re not. Just make yourself approachable, don’t be afraid to make the first move and always be open-minded.

Good luck, you got this!

Got any tips to add? Head over to the community where people could really benefit from your help, and you never know – you might discover something for yourself too!

RSS FORUM CHATS

  • Laughing at pain
    today was grade 8 farewell. The teachers gushed on and on about what good leaders we have been. How, in any universe, could that be. My class has been inappropriate and stupid and disrespectful. But they called us angels? It was kind of sad hearing how much teachers worshipped the bullies.
  • I don't know if I'm bi
    I'm very confused about my sexuallity, very recently I've been feeling bi but then another minute I feel straight. I also have classmates that can be very judgmental and I feel if I tell my classmates they be unsupportive, I want to come out but don't know how to please help my bi crisis.
  • Should I leave my bsf?
    So, I have an issue. My now partner of almost 2 years (we’re doing a break rn so kinda my partner), anyways, they don’t like me talking to my ex. The ex in question is my bsf of 8+ years. Me and this ex dated for a year and a few days. I was never […]
  • Hi :)
    I’d prefer to keep my name confidential, but hi :) My pronouns are she/they, and I’m very gay. I’m 17 and just tryna figure stuff out. Hope i can get advice that helps me :)
  • Confused about sexuality and Christian
    I'm a female currently in a long term relationship with a man. I've only dated men. I have been interested in women but my religion goes against it. I'm not sure how to navigate these feelings. I am unsure about my current relationship in many aspects and would like to date other men and possibly […]
  • Break through!!!!
    Yesterday ended up being great because my dad finally made his opinion clear! He says he would support me if i came out, but he doesn't like it when people force it on others! (which i think doesn't make sense) but all is good now