It’s a familiar feeling we all experience at several points in our lives: when you’re in a new place and you don’t know anyone yet. It’s how we feel on the first day of school, the first day at a new job, or in this case, the first day at your new home. While it may feel overwhelming at first, you’ll soon feel right at home as you get to know your way around. Of course, the first step is to meet the people who live around you.
At Bria Communities, we encourage you to get to know your neighbours. Each residence is designed to create a social atmosphere where everyone can form new relationships. From our weekly social events to clubs and group outings, there’s always an opportunity for you to meet your neighbours and have fun together.
How do you meet new people?
It can be as simple as a hello! It’s okay to feel a little shy and awkward sometimes, and most of us don’t always know what to say to someone we haven’t met before. That’s when it comes in handy to have an icebreaker ready.
What exactly is an icebreaker? It’s a question or set of questions designed to help spark conversation and make it easier to get to know one another. The basic principle behind it is simple: we develop bonds with each other when we understand how others think and feel. When we use these questions to start a conversation, you can learn a lot about new people and makes it easier to chat.
Here are a few great icebreaker questions to remember when you meet your new neighbours:
- What book would you recommend to your friends?
- What are your top 5 favourite movies of all time?
- If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- What song or singer do you love to listen to?
Look for fun groups and activities to join
The best way to meet people is through groups, classes, and activities you enjoy. You’ll find it easier to chat with people when you know you have a shared interest. Plus, when you do something you like, you’ll show people who you really are and put your best foot forward.
If you like to read, join a local book club. It’s a great way to meet new people, since it sparks natural conversations. When you discuss the book with others you’ll have a common interest, which makes it easier to get to know each other. Or if you like being active, a fitness class is a perfect way to meet new friends. You can work together to learn new steps and moves. It’s a fun way to get to know people.
At Bria Communities, there are a variety of clubs, classes, and social events for all our residents to enjoy. These are created and run by residents, so there really is something for everyone! You can also check out local seniors centres, community centres, and local malls for special events for seniors.
Lend a hand
Volunteering can also be a great way to meet others. It gives you a chance to help out others in your community and make new friends at the same time. Your new friends could be your fellow volunteers, people who work for the organization, or even those who need your assistance.
Once you start to introduce yourself to your neighbours, you will find that it’s pretty easy to make new friends. At Bria Communities, we want to make sure our residents have plenty of opportunities to meet new people. Whether you’re a social butterfly or prefer quieter activities, there are a bunch of great ways for you to make new friends and have fun.