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10 Ways to Meet New People

Do you ever feel alone despite being around people all day? Even when we're constantly around other people, whether that's at work, the grocery store, or church, etc., it's easy to feel disconnected, and meeting new people can be challenging, so let's talk about some ideas for meeting new people and making positive connections.

  1. Faith-Based Groups & Events: If you are part of a church or other faith organization, look into the different events that are offered. Sometimes there are men's or women's groups that get together, study groups, or special groups or events for couples, parents, singles, etc. It's a great way to get connected with people who share your same values and who may be in similar life circumstances.

  2. Crafting, DIY Project, & Hobby Classes: Do you love crafts, art projects, or DIY projects? There are several places that have events and classes where you can explore your creative side and meet new people! Try a web search for pottery or painting classes or check out the classes offered at your local Joann's, Michael's, Home Depot, or Lowes. These are great opportunities to learn new skills and connect with others.

  3. Volunteering: Volunteering is a great way to serve your community and meet new people! Depending on your interests, you could help with a local community garden, food bank, soup kitchen, library, or animal shelter. See what options might be available in your area.

  4. College Courses: Even if you've already "been there" and "done that," continued learning is for everyone. Maybe you want to learn about something that is outside your current industry/business or maybe you want to advance your career with additional education. And If you are currently a college student, look into campus events and meet up groups.

  5. Fitness Classes: Want to get in shape and make friends? Check out your local fitness center for a listing of classes. Alternatively, if you have a special interest such as dance, aerial silks, or hot yoga, you might seek out a special studio that offers a type of class that sounds fun to you.

  6. Facebook: Facebook isn't just a place for posting selfies and scrolling to see what your friends are up to. There are tons of special-interest groups where you can connect with others (in person) who have similar interests. Try searching some groups in your area to see who's meeting up!

  7. Another great online resource is Meetup groups. It's free to create an account and you can search for groups that meet up in your area. Maybe that's hiking, concerts, or cos play. Check it out!

  8. Recreation Center: Your local Parks and Rec Center or YMCA will also often offer all kinds of classes that might be of interest to you. See what's happening near you.

  9. Group Therapy: Maybe you are going through a tough time right now. Don't do it alone! Connect with others who are also struggling and get professional support and guidance to help you move through life's challenges. In addition to a basic web search, Psychology Today is a good starting point for finding groups in your area.

  10. Connect with an old friend: Maybe you have an old friend that you haven't seen or talk to in several years. Sometimes connecting with an old friend can help fill the void in our heart as we're on our journey to making new friendships and connections. Consider calling or even visiting someone you haven't seen in a while!

Feeling nervous about next steps? That's normal! It's hard to put yourself out there; relationships are hard, especially new ones. Challenge yourself to pick one thing from this list and take one step toward connecting. That could be signing up for, texting a friend you haven't talked to in a while, or searching for a class in your area. Sometimes after we take the first step, the second and third steps are easier.

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I have been thinking of doing a group fitness class! I hate thinking about strangers seeing me struggle and be really vulnerable and [literally] weak. Do you have any advice?

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You aren't alone, Emily! The reality is that most people worry about what others think about them, which means that most people probably aren't actually thinking anything about you because they are worried about themselves. Second, other people in the class will likely also be struggling which creates opportunities for you to support and be supported by others in the group. Finally, and most importantly, what is your why? Why do you want to do the fitness class? And can you do the class regardless of how you’re feeling? Our feelings can easily become barriers, keeping us from moving toward what matters, so I would challenge you to take that first step and try out a class!

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