The COVID pandemic changed life in a lot of ways. And for a lot of people, it was a particularly lonely time. It’s hard to see friends and make new ones, and even date when you have to quarantine and maintain a social distance!
But now that COVID is no longer dominating our lives, it’s time to look ahead and focus on the future. And that includes rebuilding relationships and getting yourself back out there. Whether you’re looking for romance or just want to get your social life back on track, it’s time to get out in the world again.
Here are some tips for making friends after COVID.
Reconnect with your existing friends
If it’s possible, now is a good time to reconnect with your existing friends. The pandemic meant many people drifted apart, but it doesn’t mean those relationships have to be lost forever. The good news is that a lot of people will be in the same position and feel the same way as you, so there are different ways you can reconnect with your friends after COVID and take things from there. If you don’t reach out, you’ll never know what could happen!
If you’re nervous, take it slow
There are a lot of reasons to be nervous about connecting with people following the pandemic. The virus still exists, which may be a cause for concern, and you might also feel a little out of touch with people. The best thing to do is to take things slowly and build your confidence back up over time. Even arranging to speak to people on the phone can help you regain confidence with social interactions. Check out some phone chat lines numbers to help you get started. Keep meetings to places you’re comfortable with, like your home or favorite café, before you start venturing further.
Enroll in classes, find some networks
When it comes to making new friends, signing up for classes can be a great way to meet people. Whether it’s a fitness class or a class to learn a new skill, you can soon find yourself connecting with people who have similar interests to you.
Online networks can also be a great gateway to some real-life friendships. Find groups that have an interest that’s relevant to you, or a community page for your local area. Get involved in the discussions and you’ll soon find there are opportunities to connect with people offline that can help you meet some wonderful new people.
Be ready to say yes
Although your instinct would have been to say no for so long, it’s time to start saying yes. When someone invites you to do something, give it a try. You can always explain that you’re nervous and make people aware in advance. Failing that, why not be the one to suggest something? Hosting a fun garden party or inviting friends to dinner could be a great way to kick-start your social life and help others do the same too.
There’s a lot of readjustment needed after almost two years of change. If you take things slowly and on your own terms, the world will open up to you again, ready to form some new relationships for an exciting future.