How To Avoid The Relocation Blues

Moving DepressionEverything is unpacked and the kids are settled in school. However, you’re at loose ends. Feeling like you “belong” is probably the hardest part of your post-moving activities.There are a few simple things you can do to make new friends after relocating.

  • Join a league. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bowling league or a bocce league. Getting out and getting active not only gives you an opportunity to meet people, you’ll be having fun and getting some exercise as well.
  • Go to the local library. Each library should have a community bulletin board with a wealth of information on community activities, clubs, reading circles, guilds and other groups in your neighborhood.
  • Go to church, temple or other house of worship. They often have groups where like-minded people can gather to discuss issues of the day.
  • Attend a meeting. The best way to find out what’s really going on in the community, plus meet civic leaders and activists is to attend a village or town council meeting.Check with the clerk’s office for dates and times.
  • Go to school. Your child’s school probably has a parent organization that is always looking for volunteers.
  • Join a gym. The camaraderie among people taking a step class rivals any world championship team imaginable.
  • Take a class. Local schools offer personal enrichment classes on everything from computer technology to cake decorating.
  • Take a walk. You never know whom you’ll meet strolling around the neighborhood.
  • Get a pet. Walking the dog in the park is a great icebreaker.