Moving is stressful enough by itself, but then on top of that there is also the stress that comes with getting connected in your new neighborhood or city. Meeting people where you live is very important, in fact, studies show that having great friendships leads to lower stress, higher sense of self-worth, and a higher likelihood of achieving your goals. If you plan to move soon, you need a game plan for getting connected in a new neighborhood. Here are 4 of the best ways to meet new friends where you live and get connected!
1. Become the world’s greatest neighbor
When moving into a new neighborhood, it’s natural to be a bit shy and to allow long-standing residents to make the first move, but this may not be the best strategy. Even if you consider yourself and introvert, you can still take an active role in connecting with you neighbors. Simply being friendly can go a long way to meeting new people, especially when you occupy the same general area. Don’t be afraid to flip the script, introduce yourself, and bake cookies for your neighbors. If you’re feeling adventurous, throw a neighborhood party and invite all your neighbors for a chance to get to know everyone! Also, check out these 9 tips for being a great neighbor!
2. Rally around common interests
When you find yourself in a new town with very few friendships, the best way to fix this is to connect with people who have common ground with you. No matter what your interests are, you can bet there are people in your new area who share your passion. Try getting involved in a community organization or a church, or volunteer at a non-profit that focuses on causes that you care about. There are also recreational sports leagues in nearly every town, with nearly every sport. Not a big sports fan? Try comic book clubs, chamber of commerce events, or take a class on an area that interests you. Whatever it is that gets you going, there is likely a group of like-minded people who socialize around it; and if there isn’t, take it upon yourself to start a group!
3. Become a Regular
When I first graduated college, my first job was in South Dakota, yes…SOUTH DAKOTA. If I found a way to get connected there, then anyone can get connected. The strategy that worked best for me is to become ‘a local’ at a good coffee shop and a good bar. Coffee shops and bars are centers for community and relationships. Businesses advertise on their bulletins, baristas and bartenders know everyone, and if you go on a regular basis, you’re bound to meet other regulars. These businesses will often hold social events like parties or concerts in order to bring in new customers, so pay attention to advertisements and be sure to attend. In order to ensure you’re heading to the right place, browse reviews on yelp for keywords such as “local”, “community”, or “event”.
4. Use Technology
In the same way that you would go to a social setting like a coffee shop or a bar to meet new people, technology has allowed us to interact with people online. Social media has connected the world, but it is also connecting local communities.
Here are a few suggestions for apps and websites to help you meet new people in your area:
Facebook The worlds most popular social network, but how could it help you get connected in a new place? Start by looking at “Nearby Friends”. Yes that’s right, Facebook knows where you are, and where your friends are. Take advantage of this feature by seeing which of your friends may live near the neighborhood you are moving to, or those who may have visited recently (they may be able to introduce you to connections of their own who live near by).
Think of this app as a digital town hall because it allows individuals who live in the same neighborhood to connect with each other to plan events, discuss security concerns, and make announcements. This may be the greatest social media tool for connecting with your direct neighbors. The app has become popular all across the country, just download it on your smartphone, create an account, and post an update saying you are new to the neighborhood. Before you know it, you’ll be off to the races meeting all of you neighbors.
If you’re a fan of social media, you’re likely already one of the 500 million Instagram users. Remember when we talked about becoming a regular at a local bar or coffee shop? (see number 3) Well, this is a way to take it a step further. Search on Facebook under places, then type in the names of businesses that you frequent and begin to engage with people who have posted from that location. In today’s tech world, engaging online is the norm, just leave a comment on their picture about how much you love the espresso at that coffee shop and start the conversation. Before long, you’ll be meeting up for latte’s to discuss your mutual admiration for Audrey Hepburn.
Remember when we talked about rallying around common interests? (see number 2) Well Meetup.com is an excellent digital tool for finding the people in your community who are interested in the same type of activities. Hiking to biking to open mic-ing, you can find it on this site.
So there you have it, the keys to getting connected in a new neighborhood. As you prepare for your move, you can stop stressing about connecting to your community and let the excitement build about a new beginning. As you move you may want more time to focus on your family, making new connections, or simply relaxing; so let Tidewater Moving handle your moving needs. Contact Us today to hear about our affordable moving specials!