All relationships need work, whether it is a relationship with a partner or one with friends. You need to create time for the people around you, even if you do have a genuinely busy schedule. If you donâ€™t make time for them, why should they bother making time for you? Here are some tips to help you make time for your friends, so you donâ€™t lose them.
Your children likely have extra curricula activities, whether it is a music lesson or a dance class. Instead of staying and drinking tea or going back home for the hour or so, arrange to see your friends.
You could visit their house for a drink instead, or arrange to meet somewhere else. Just that one hour on a weekly or bi-weekly basis lets you both catch up and know friendship is valued.
While itâ€™s doesnâ€™t replace face-to-face interaction, using technology can really help you stay in touch. There is no excuse anymore, whether you send a text or chat on Facebook.
There are so many social media sites and methods to get a quick message to a friend, even one on the other side of the world. You can even use it to arrange a time to meet up.
Create a schedule so you can talk to those who have moved away. Skype and phones are all viable options, depending on location. One hour a week is a great way to start out, and youâ€™ll surely find options that suit everyone.
You could even opt for group calling depending on the type of package that you have.
If you both enjoy a good workout, while not do it together? You can even opt for a drink or something afterwards to keep the conversation going.
Find something that you both enjoy doing, where you can socialise at the same time. It could be spotting each other while you use the weights or going for a brisk walk or jog around the park.
Everyone has housework to do. Having someone else help you could be a great way to cut the time down, and you get to socialise at the same time.
You could go over to help with the dishes, or just to rake the lawn. However, make sure you add some time in for tea and chatting.
Inviting friends over will help you socialise on a more private and personal level. You could make lunch for everyoneâ€”or get everyone to bring something specific along with them.
Another option is to just invite them for tea and biscuits depending on the time that suits everyone. This is a great way for a group of friends to gather around at the same time.
You could even invite friends who are far away and get them to stay for a couple of days; taking a holiday from work to accommodate them.