If you’re naturally shy sometimes it’s hard to step out of your comfort zone and get involved in new activities and make new friends. Don’t feel embarrassed if you’re older and you still have difficulty making yourself go to events. Participating in social activities sometimes takes practice and doesn’t happen overnight! By starting small you will become more comfortable overtime, but you definitely need to start somewhere in order to branch out and continue to participate in activities. So grab a friend and look forward to events even if you are an introvert. You’ll definitely enjoy the event once you’re there!
Bring Along a Friend
The easiest way to go to an event that may seem intimidating is to bring a friend. If you live in a new area and only know a few people, one of your friends will hopefully be willing to go to a few church events or local hobby clubs in order to get you acquainted with new people. If you are older you may even want to go to a event to meet new people and socialize there. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that meeting new friends was a lot easier then you originally thought!
Make Yourself Get Out There
No one ever made a change in their life by sitting around at home being nervous and uncertain. The best way to increase your self-confidence is to push yourself to do new things you’re hesitant to do. If you’d like to ease yourself into participating in social events, first try going to an event where you listen to a speaker first. Afterwards, introduce yourself to a few new people to break the ice. Next time go to an event at the same location that requires more interaction and join a book club or a group that cares about something that you also hold dear to your heart.
Don’t Stop Until You Find a Group you Connect With
Sometimes it takes more than a few tries to find a group that you feel gets you and vice versa. If you’re attending a church group or senior’s club, try a couple of clubs with different people to see where you fit best. If you still feel like you might belong somewhere else, try a club at a different location or head to a brand new event. Be patient and enhance your self-confidence while you’re at it and pretty soon you’ll be the social butterfly of the season with new friends too.
Sierra loves to write and she’s made her hobby a reality by becoming a freelance writer. She’s an introvert so she constantly has to push herself to get out and meet new people.