As we grow older, we often forget about the importance friends and peers have in our lives, only to notice when we’re left all by our lonesome selves. Without social connections, people become isolated, stressed, and lonely, which can lead to complications in both physical and mental health.
This social isolation needs to be avoided at all costs, particularly in old age, when combatting boredom is the greatest hurdle for many. Effraim Home Care, providers of the professional home care throughout Bryn Mawr, wants to help you make some new friends and connections to avoid loneliness.
For this purpose, you may find the following advice to be very useful.
Adopt an easygoing attitude
Making friends only sounds easy. And the first step in the right direction is most definitely changing your attitude towards people. No one likes an imposing and overly serious person; you need to be accepting of others’ point of views and adopt an easygoing and easy to approach personality.
Get to know your local community
Ever wondered what kind of people your neighbors might be? Well, it’s a good time to find out! Get to know the locals, and you might be surprised to find some like minded people to connect with.
Quality matters more than quantity
Friendships made only to pass time are more draining than they are recreative. That’s why, when making friends one should focus clearly on those they wish to develop close connections with as opposed to focusing on increasing the number of entries in your mobile phones contact book.
Indulge in your hobbies
It is easier to get to know people when you explore your interests. Are you a car enthusiast? the next auto show could be where you find a lucky connection. The neighborhood association could become your gossip station if you’re a housewife tired from the daily chores. You’re more likely to find people with similar interests while carrying them out.
The internet is a social hub
The internet is the largest hub of people from many backgrounds and mindsets. Nowadays social platforms are vast and in abundance and can be the best way to make connections with similar people. A venture into the world of digital socializing may just yield a whole group of friends.
Work on your appearance
They say appearances are superficial, and well… they are! Your appearance is also typically the first thing someone will notice about you. The most popular people often give some time to their appearance and grooming. A rough appearance can, in many situations, create a bad impression on people. So, it’s important to appear clean and well-dressed at all times.
Focus on maintaining friendships
Good friends are hard to come by, so the first rule for social success is to focus on maintaining friendships rather than continuing the make and break cycle. Once you have made some friends, try your best not to let these newly found friendships fade away.
At Effraim Home Care, our caregivers are professionally trained to provide services that promote healthy living and well-being through the benefits of social interaction. Our caregivers provide wellness support, meal preparation, light housekeeping and other services, including mobility assistance, hygiene services and transportation, to help seniors maintain social interactions. If you are interested in speaking with someone to find out more about our Bryn Mawr home care services and more, contact us today at (215) 826-7422.