Ways to meet new friends You may not choose to look for new friends first, but as you feel better, you may decide to expand your friend group.
Or, maybe you’ve moved to a new town, and you’re craving some face-to-face friend time.
Making friends takes a bit of effort, but it’s a lot easier if you spend time at a place where you’ll naturally connect with others.
You could join a weekly study or another group at your church, volunteer, take a class to meet people with similar interests, or try attending a depression or anxiety support group.
The last option gives you a higher chance of meeting friends who have experienced mental health struggles as well.
If you hit it off with someone at work, school, or church, don’t be afraid to reach out. They might be looking for a friend, as well.
Keep in mind, as you look for friends, that not everyone is available.
Some people are dealing with things in their lives that make it a hard time for them to start a friendship.
A no doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. It just means you haven’t found the right person yet. Hang in there, and be sure to try again.
Making friends is entirely possible, but the process takes time.
When you can, maintain the friendships you have – they’re one of your greatest strengths.
And as you spend time with old and new friends, you’ll discover how much faster you can recover in a supportive community.
Plus, your newfound positive thinking might be a gift for your friends, too.