It’s important that each woman feels like she has a sense of community, no matter where she is. Multiple studies have shown that having a positive support system around you has numerous benefits for your health, not only mentally but physically as well. Psychology Today reported that having friends could help prevent chronic diseases and boost overall immunity. True & Co, a company who strives to create bras that make every woman feel empowered, also believes in the power of having positive and strong friendships. So much so, they created a Fact Sheet sharing the benefits that come with having a strong community around you.
Finding the perfect group of supportive friends can sometimes be difficult, especially if you’ve recently made a huge life change such as moving to a new city or recently broke up with your partner. If you’re more of a shy person who has trouble branching out, here are 3 ways to help you find the perfect people to surround yourself with and bring out your best self.
- Take Classes – Whether it’s a cooking class, a yoga class, or anything that might pique your interest, doing something that involves a big group is a great way to meet new people. It can definitely seem daunting at first to attend a class by yourself but putting yourself out there will help you get out of your comfort zone. You’ll also have the chance to connect with people around you who share the same interests.
- Connect with People on Social Media- Social Media is such a great way to expand your social circle. This can help you connect with friends of friends, alumni of a similar age, and help you find people in your area. Most people choose to use apps such as Facebook and/or LinkedIn to help them find possible connections.
- Take Advantage of Every Social Event- If you’ve been invited to a social engagement, don’t back out! You’ll be happy you decided to go in the end. A great social event to attend is if your work holds weekly happy hours. This is a great way to cut loose a little and learn more about your co-workers in a less formal setting. If you’re interested in learning about social events happening around you, Facebook and MeetUp can be helpful, along with event management websites.
If you’re still in need of some more ideas, an article from Personal Growth has some really helpful ways for meeting new people. What are some of your favorite ways to branch out and expand your social circle?