Honestly, making friends as an adult can sometimes be challenging and even downright HARD. I get it. In high school, you see the same people five times a week so you easily and naturally form friendships. But what about the people who have left school and are in their careers? And to a greater extent, what about those who work from home or are self-employed and unable to make friends in their career or workplace? Here are two practical ways to establish friendships outside of work, school and university.
1. Put yourself out there in your daily routine
I know this can be daunting, especially if you're not a super outgoing person. But truly, try chatting a little more to the people you see in your day-to-day. Ask your barista how their morning is going and chat to someone at your gym before your class starts. You will be surprised at how some friendships start. I met one of my closest friends because her husband used to make me and my husband's coffee every morning. Another friendship with one of my girl friends started when I bought something off her business and I picked it up from her. We got talking for at least half an hour and have been friends ever since! You'll be surprised just how many potential friends are around you when you start putting yourself out there in your day-to-day life.
2. Join a sports team, community group, book club or study group
For me, church was an amazing way for me to connect with people and create friendships. If you are already in a church, I would highly recommend looking into your church's community groups/life groups/connect groups and joining one. You will be with people around the same life stage as you with the same values, morals and beliefs as you so it is a perfect time to make friends.