Given then I am a current MBA student at the University of Nevada, Reno and I work full time, I don’t have much of a social life and that might be affecting me negatively. I am more apt to skip out on social events lately and ultimately continue to feel burnt out and anti-social. While it can be hard to convince myself to go out and be social, I am never sad when I finally do. So why is it important to be social while actively making new friends and nurturing old friendships?
Some of the benefits of being social and having friendship have been strongly associated with improving your physical health. There have been a number of studies completed that link friendship to improved immune systems. It has also been said to improve the health of your brain leading to reduced risk of dementia among other illnesses. Friendship is also helps those who have suffered from an illness recover faster.
Additionally, friendship can immensely benefit your mental health. Given the severity of mental health issues today, I think it is worthwhile to mention that friendship is linked to reduced feelings of loneliness and depression. It has also been linked to increased memory as well as increased levels of happiness. Who doesn’t want to be happier?
Not only does does your physical and mental health benefit from friendship, but you can also grow as a person. Solely based on your interactions and conversations with others will you gain different perspectives on life and become more well rounded as a person. Some of the most impactful experiences occur when you interact with others. Don’t limit your experiences by being anti-social.
Get Out & Do It
If you are anything like me, you tend to be a more introverted individual. As an introvert, making new friends and at times nurturing existing friendships can be difficult. The great thing about friendships is that you don’t have to do it alone!
- Create a routine with friends
Maybe your routine is going to the gym together or having lunch once a week. You don’t have to think of something new to do together each time you meet up. Keep it simple!
- Don’t do it alone
If you are attending a very social event and don’t feel comfortable going alone, invite one of your very outgoing friends. This will ease some of the pressure off you from having to be social for extended amounts of time while you are already out of your comfort zone. This also gives you a chance to meet up with a friend and enjoy their company.
- Do something new
Join a club, attend a class, or start a new hobby. This can be a good way to make friends in a more controlled environment. In this case, you will likely have someone moderating the event/class taking the pressure off to be social for extended periods of time.
- Rekindle old friendships
Reach out and rekindle an old friendship. Given the social media world we live in, use your access to reach out and meet up with an old friend. I am sure they would love to hear from you and catch up.
Don’t limit yourself or hinder your growth as a person because being social and maintaining friendships can take some work. All good things in life take time and effort. You won’t ever regret time will spent in good company and the benefits are endless.
What are things you do to maintain your social life? Comment below.