Building community (especially in a new place) can take time and effort. For introverts, this may seem daunting, exhausting, or difficult. But we believe everyone has something to offer, and we are better together. Whether you have just moved to a new senior living community or are looking to connect with longtime friends, relationships are an important part of life. Keep reading for a few tips on how introverted seniors can build community...
1. Explore groups in your area
If you live in a senior living community, check in with team members and neighbors to learn what activities are happening. Most events won’t require preparation on your part. At Walker Methodist, we offer a wide variety of events and groups for many interests. Take time to look for groups, clubs, meetings, events, and classes. This is a fantastic way to try new things and make new friends!
2. Discover what you enjoy... and do it
If you’re exploring new hobbies, making time for things you already enjoy is just as important. Whether it’s the comfort of your watercolor paints or the familiarity of baking ingredients in your kitchen, your hobbies can bring joy. And you don’t have to do it alone: If you want to share your passions with others but haven’t found groups in your area, consider starting one of your own. Chances are that you’ll find other people with similar interests.
3. Reach out first
This may not feel natural initially, but don’t be afraid to reach out to others. Though taking the first step can be hard, often others will appreciate your initiative. From old friends to new acquaintances, saying hello or sending a quick text can foster relationships. Don’t know where to start? Ask to meet up for coffee, or invite them to an event you are already planning to attend.
4. Plan ahead
Since being around others can be draining for introverts, planning ahead can give peace of mind. Give yourself something to look forward to by having things on the calendar. But if a busy schedule is overwhelming, making space and time for yourself can be just as encouraging. If you’re going to an event, you can also set time limits for yourself. If having a schedule is beneficial to you, preparing one in advance can help you enjoy each moment.
If you’re an introvert trying to build community, take heart. The friends you’re looking for are out there, even if it takes time to find them. Want to learn more about what community is like at Walker Methodist? Contact us today to learn more!