Do you have those friendships where you haven’t spoken or met for possibly weeks? You know… maybe you shared time as new parents, at college, or a particular work place together?
Challenging and emotional experiences make these friendships intense and special. How people get to know each other and bond over particular times, creates powerful connections. Nurturing these friendships and spending time, if only occasionally, can remind you of who you are and can be immensely supportive.
Ensuring you make time for these friendships by planning meet ups and social events is important. It helps to reinvigorate you and give you energy to move forward in the more difficult times of life. Connecting has the additional benefit of creating experiences and memories, which research suggests is not only bonding for the group members but boosts well being and happiness.
I am lucky enough to have built a variety of different friendship groups and link up in different ways. The more fun ways the better and here are some examples:-
meet up for a coffee and chat at home or in a local cafe
light lunch at a local farm shop
a few drinks in town
bubble at a local spa
a walk together in the countryside, along a canal or riverbank, or up a hill
a visit to the seaside
a music concert or show together
Having these gatherings in the diary helps to focus you for working through what you need to for life to tick over. They don’t always have to cost much, in fact I find embracing nature is less costly and one of the most calming.
Just need to get the plans in the diary now!…..
Connecting in a fun positive way helps motivate you and keep you keep connected to your life journey.