New City, New Friends
Moving can be scary. And moving is fun...and stressful. Relocating for a job adds an entirely new element into the moving mix. Now you get to acclimate to a new city, find a place to live, make new friends, and adjust to a fresh work environment. A little scary, right?
To help you lessen the worry, we’ve assembled some tips that we think might help you prepare for your new adventure. Here are four non-scary ways to find a friend in a new city.
1. Get A Group and Get Networking
Networking events are the easiest way to meet new people in your area! While they can have a reputation for shallow self-promotion, when done well they are really about establishing new and mutually beneficial relationships. Make like a Recruiter and find a cool event to RSVP to. Check out MeetUp.com, Creative Mornings, or your local AIGA chapter if you're into design.
Not into networking? Try signing up for a gym or craft class and don't rush out at the end. Have a cup of tea after yoga and get to know some of the regulars.
2. Fill Your Calendar
Good Housekeeping magazine suggests scheduling a standing mani/pedi appointment and schmoozing other clients. "Your future BFF may be getting her nails buffed in the next chair." Not into nails? Try volunteering with a cause you care about. Puppies needing walks, anyone? Volunteering is also a great way to meet people AND benefit your career at the same time.
3. Be a Good Neighbor
Make an effort to actually meet your neighbors in your new hood. Linger by the mailbox or take some cookies next door. Facebook "events near me" is another good way to meet the locals.
4. Embrace the Power of Positive Thinking
"Research suggests that some lonely people interpret neutral social cues negatively and withdraw as a result," Good Housekeeping tells us. Try to think positively and push past your fears. "The people you want to befriend may be lonely too!"
Did we miss any moving tips you think are tried and true? Leave a comment or tweet to us and let us know!