Remember – if you don’t talk to strangers, you’ll never make new friends.
Your friends will be your life as you’re growing up. They’ll be a way of escaping the house and having some fun no matter how old you are. It doesn’t just have to be meeting up with friends that means you’re socially active. It could be meeting new people, meeting new partners, anything that means you’re out socialising. The benefits it has for your mental and physical health are amazing.
Being cuddled up in bed doing nothing is great on some days, but getting out into the open and having a laugh releases endorphins and reduces stress. Friends and boyfriends in particular are the perfect source to unload a bit of built up anger about things that have happened in the day, or something someone has said or done. Without that outlet you’d be walking round like an angry mad woman all the time. If you need some tips on how to keep yourself socially active, take a read on.
Meet New People
Are you one of those people who only really likes who you know? Well how did you get to know the people you like? Exactly, it’ll most likely be through social interaction at school or work. But it shouldn’t stop there. There are so many ways to meet new people, and you’ll form friendships for life. Take sporting activities for one.
Some of you reading this might be thinking sports? I don’t do sports! But it doesn’t have to be something really active such as tennis or swimming. It could be as simple as something like yoga. Yoga itself has so many health benefits, one of the main being its calming effects and stress relieving abilities.
It’s much easier to make friends with people when you’re going to be in the same class as them every week. Or, as silly as it may sound, meeting people on a night out is so easy. Have you ever had one too many and sat talking to a complete stranger for ages and thought, “this could be my new best friend”? Well it potentially could be. All you have to do is text them the next day, hopefully they remember you, and it’ll probably be the beginning of a new friendship. Being socially active is just about putting yourself out there wherever you can to try and form new friendships, no matter how weird the situation may be.
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This is a double whammy of greatness. Solo travel broadens the mind in a way nothing else can. It opens you up to so many opportunities that you just wouldn’t get elsewhere. It’s such a common thing for people to go solo travelling when they’re younger, most likely at the age of leaving sixth form or college. Some people use it as a way to take a break from education, and just life in general and explore the world. But one of the main benefits of solo travelling is the social interaction you get.
You’re sort of forced into a situation where you have to meet new people, and you have to make memories with people you don’t know along the way. But when you go to areas where solo travelling is so popular, you’re going to meet a lot of people that are in the same boat as you.
Areas such as Thailand and Australia are hugely popular at the minute for solo travellers of all ages, but in particular the younger generation. Both areas have got so many different things to do in terms of group activities that you’ll barely be alone. A lot of people tend to travel the islands of Thailand, before heading to Australia to find some work. So you’ll most likely find that the people you meet in Thailand will be following you to Australia if this is the route you’ll go down.
Once you’re in the country you want to work in is when you’ll make the most friends. You’ll almost be settling into a new way of life with a new set of people. When you return home these will still be some of the closest friends you’ll have met in your life. Not only is solo travelling good for socialising, it’s good for finding permanent work opportunities. If you already have a trade, or learn a trade in another country, the chances of them asking you to stay is pretty high. All you’d have to do is apply for a working visa for a couple of years until you’re able to apply for citizenship.
We can all agree that social media is a big part of our lives. If you’re one of the rare groups of people that isn’t always checking Facebook and Instagram, or snapping a picture, then you’re lucky. Once you’re hooked on the ways of social media there’s no turning back. But even though it’s addictive, it’s such a good way of keeping up with the lives of people you’re interested in. This might be friends you don’t get to see that much anymore, family that live far away, or a good old nosey at people you don’t even know.
If you do have friends or family that live far away, it’s a great way to keep in touch. Messaging over Facebook for example is quick and easy, and mostly everyone has it. It’s also a way of them keeping up to date with what you get up to. If you don’t already do it, then blogging is a great way of keeping socially active through social media. It’s fairly simple and quick to set up your blog, and the amount of new people you’ll meet through it are amazing.
If you don’t already know what the blogging community is like, it’s so welcoming. There’s people all over the world doing exactly what you’re doing, and using social media to get themselves noticed. You’ll constantly be on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram interacting with people you never usually would. But this is where you’ll make the best friends. There’s also blogging chats and groups where you can interact and really get to know people. You’ll also get to meet them in person at blogging events and meetups.
Using social media to aid your blog really isn’t hard either. You can get Facebook help to boost the amount of people your post will reach for a small cost. As well as this you can get general advice on how to actually set up your page for your blog as there’s a few different things you’ll need to do compared to a normal Facebook profile. Twitter and instagram are a lot simpler, you just need to follow other bloggers and influential people that might take an interest in you to.
This article has mainly talked about how meeting up, and making new friends is a way of staying socially active. But if you get into a relationship you’ll know they can kind of take over your life in the beginning. But there’s no reason why you can’t make it fun and be socially active together.
If you go for a drink, try and meet up with friends as well rather than keeping it just the two of you. Yes it might seem more comfortable and easy to keep it between the two of you, but the last thing you want to do is become socially inactive. If the worst happens and the relationship ends, you may have pushed friends away by not keeping in touch or seeing them as much. It’s a common mistake we all make, so try to keep as socially active as possible as a couple as well as individuals.
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