Establish a Support Network

With modern technology, we are, in many ways, more connected than ever.  Living 3,000 miles from friends and family is no longer a major obstacle in having a close relationship.

However, there is not yet a technological substitute for real human contact.  With people moving around more than ever, it’s not uncommon to find oneself in a new town, with only 1 or 2 contacts.  A good number of adults do the majority of their socializing through work, which may not be entirely satisfying.

Think about this:  “If you had a house fire, who would you call?”  If you can’t think of more than one or two people nearby to call  (especially if they share your house), you might want to think about expanding your local roots.

Hey, I have Restless Leg Syndrome too!

Volunteer work, support groups, local classes and parenting groups are all a great way to meet people.  If you have social anxiety, or are just nervous around new people, remember – there’s a reason why the other people are in these groups as well, and they are probably as nervous as you are!

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