Every milestone in your life comes with meeting new people. As you get older, it can be harder to make and maintain friendships than it was when you were a kid. As a child, you were probably surrounded by peers at school day after day. Perhaps you were involved in activities where you could easily connect with friends who had similar interests. Merely playing together at recess was likely enough for you to foster the roots of a long lasting friendship.
As an adult, there's no longer a cafeteria table for you to sit at or after school activities for you to attend with the same people every day. As you become involved with life's many obligations like making a living or taking care of children, friendships might fall by the wayside. Over time, relationships may grow apart for a number of different reasons. Since close friendships are associated with positive outcomes through life transitions, 1. promoting self-esteem and wellbeing, 2. don't neglect this important area of your life! If you're feeling like your current friendships are less fulfilling than you might like, try some of these strategies to make and keep new friendships.
Friendships are a unique part of the human experience and with a little time and energy you can build your community to feel more connected and cared for!
Sari Fleischman, M.A., BCB is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, specializing in women’s issues and adult psychotherapy. She is a writer and social media consultant for stageclimbing.com. As a certified biofeedback practitioner and pilates instructor, she combines her passion for physical and mental health to promote holistic wellness.