Trying to make new friends as an adult can be daunting. This is especially true if you have moved away from your hometown and you are no longer in school. Work can be a source of friendships, but some people prefer to keep their work and personal lives separate. And if you work in a small office or you work from home, this may not be an option.
Clients express feeling alone in this challenge, as though everyone else has an established group of close-knit friends. In reality, there are many adults struggling with how to find and maintain new friendships as people move or fade from their lives. In fact, some dating apps, like Bumble, now offer a feature for friendship.
Making new friends has similarities with dating; both require you to put yourself out there, which takes a degree of vulnerability. Joining an activity group or class can be a great way to meet new people. A book club or a jogging group, for example, can ease the flow of conversation through a shared interest. Taking this a step further by asking to grab coffee, drinks, or lunch are all great ways to kickstart a new friendship.
If you are working towards making friends as an adult, remember that you are not alone in this endeavor!
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Written by Joanna Aslanian, LPC, ATR-P