Making friends as an adult can be daunting. Here’s how to make it easier
1 Cultivate online friendships
Find Facebook groups on subjects you’re passionate about, or search for these subjects using hashtags on Instagram. Start conversations, interact with people, and see what happens. If real-life social interaction drains you, this is a great way to ease yourself into it from the comfort of your own home.
2 Initiate a group meet-up
If you’re in an online group or have found a few friends through Instagram, why not initiate a real-life meet-up? This also works well if you’ve just moved to a new area. Be honest about being on the lookout for some new connections. Arrange a time and place for people to meet, maybe at a café, so you can all grab coffee and have a chat.
3 Scout out local events and classes
If you’re not a fan of social media, or prefer to get to know people in person, have a hunt for some local events or classes you could go to. In these environments, people are often much more open to chatting. If you notice someone else who’s arrived alone, strike up a conversation with them.
4 Set up a one-to-one friend date
Maybe you’ve exchanged messages online, or chatted a few times at yoga. Reach out and see if your friend fancies going for a coffee or a walk. Then, if it goes well, follow up! New friendships often need that little bit of extra time and attention to help them thrive.