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How to Make Friends in Retirement: Our Guide to Combatting Loneliness

19th October

19th October

Are you heading into retirement?

When you leave the world of work, you may wonder how it will affect your social life.

Workplaces are ideal for meeting new people and making new friends. Whether it’s breaking the ice with a new colleague or chatting to a client, there are many opportunities to socialise each day.

When you stop working, you may find you have fewer opportunities to interact with others.

Here, we’re looking at how to make friends in retirement:

How to Make Friends in Retirement: Stay in Touch

If your job involved regularly speaking to customers, or you were immersed in a bustling office, you’ll likely be used to spending time with others.

When you retire, it's natural to feel anxious about being disconnected from your friendship group at work; but there's no reason for your dynamic to change too drastically.

Before you leave, consider how you could stay in touch with your colleagues. You may decide that you want to continue on a part-time basis, or that you would just like to be a part of social events moving forward.

Why not arrange to meet them outside of working hours too? You could organise drinks one evening, or invite them out for lunch at the weekend.

Consider Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to keep busy and stay connected within your community during retirement.

Having the chance to work alongside others will provide you with ample opportunities for making new friends. To strengthen your new friendships, why not invite a few of your co-workers out for dinner?

How to Make Friends in Retirement: Take Up a Hobby

Starting a new hobby can help you meet other like-minded people with similar interests. There are plenty of hobbies you could try; you could join a knitting group, a book club or a walking group, to name a few.

You could consider starting your own group. If you don’t have social media, why not consider setting up an account? You could join Facebook or Instagram, both platforms where you can share photos and updates about your life, and connect with others who do the same.

As well as connecting with your friends and family, you could use this as an opportunity to stay in touch with those who share your hobbies and interests.

Friendships are an important part of life - and as we get older, it becomes even more important to make these connections. Building relationships with others can help to avoid loneliness, whilst also providing you with a strong support network. Socialising, too, helps to further improve cognitive skills, such as memory.

If you’ve found our guide on how to make friends in retirement helpful, why not read our previous blog on community acts to boost camaraderie?

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