The older you get the harder it is to make new friends. And it’s not hard to see why. Now, you might have a family and career you’re committed to. So, how are you supposed to make new friends? Most of us can agree that it’s challenging. But unfortunately, the alternative is not much better: the wide spread health threat: loneliness. So, if making friends as an adult is a struggle, keep reading for these six easy tips.
Be self-assured and authentic
Since making friends is difficult, you might place a potential new friend above you and your authentic self. So, always be true to yourself and be authentic.
Quality over quantity
You might want everyone to like you and to be everyone’s friend, but you could spread yourself too thin and end up with a lot of acquaintances rather than a couple close friends. So, focus on one or two people who you can really give your time and attention to.
Avoid insecure mind games
Unfortunately, it’s easy to think that if your new friend doesn’t always initiate contact with you, that she’s not interested or she doesn’t care about you. The truth is, she might be just as scared as you are. So, be brave and don’t be afraid to check in.
Create the friendship you want
Don’t wait for other ladies to make your friendship dreams come true. Decide on what friendship you’d like to have and do your best to be that friend. It’s a great way to attract these friends into your life.
Give yourself self-compassion
It’s hard to connect with a stranger. And if it doesn’t go well, you can beat yourself up and question your self-worth. But instead of questioning your worth, realize that a rejection can save you a lot of hurt in the long run.
Don’t give up on friendship
For better or for worse, some friendships don’t pan out. People go MIA for any number of reasons. While it’s easy to always make it about you, try not to. Instead, learn to accept this, and keep your eyes and heart open for potential new friends.