What To Do When You're New In Town

Moving somewhere new is exciting, and it’s also nerve-wracking. If you’re all alone and don’t know anyone, then it can be a real challenge. You have to remember that it takes time to meet people and get acquainted with your surroundings. 
Instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you, go out and seize the day. Take advantage of situations that allow you to meet new people or learn more about where you’re living. This isn’t the time to curl up in a ball and wish you never moved. View it as new beginnings and a chance to continue exploring who you truly are.

Find Hobbies
Start by finding hobbies that interest and challenge you. It may be best to choose one that’s social and another that provides you alone time. In either case, you’ll be kept busy and working toward a goal. Relax and have fun with your new hobbies. It’s good to be using your free time wisely and not just sitting at home with nothing to do. Don’t be afraid to tackle activities that you aren’t familiar with and make you think or work hard.  
Don’t be Afraid to go out Alone
Even if it’s uncomfortable, it’s a good idea to get out and participate in an activity. Grab lunch or purchase Les Mis tickets and treat yourself to a night out on the town. Live entertainment is just what you need to lift your spirits. It’ll feel good to get out of the house and be around other people. The more you do, the better your chances of meeting people and the quicker you’ll adapt to your new environment.  
Call A Friend or Family Member
There’s nothing wrong with feeling lonely in the process of moving to a new town. Pick up the phone and call a friend or family member and chat about your experience. It’ll be nice to hear a familiar voice and talk to someone who understands you. Tell them what you’ve done so far and ask for any suggestions they have to offer for what to do or where to go to meet new people. If they’re available, set up a time for them to visit and enjoy each other’s company. 
Make an Effort with Coworkers
It’s likely that you moved for a job or got a new one pretty quickly. While you don’t want to force it, look around and see if there are any coworkers who could be potential friends. This is a great way to acclimate yourself to your new surroundings, with people who’ve been around for a while. Start small by asking a coworker to lunch and getting to know each other at the office. Hopefully, the relationship can form into a friendship, and soon you’ll be hanging out together outside of work.
Don’t panic if you’ve recently moved and aren’t sure what to do next. Use these guidelines to help you start to mesh with your new environment. Put yourself out there and always keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to learn and grow.

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