Making and maintaining friendships as an adult is a lot harder than being a kid. You have a busier schedule, less energy at times, and it can be hard. After you finish work, running kids around to practices, and then home you have supper to cook. That leaves minimal time for you and working on your friendships. But don’t give up, I have effective and useful tips on how to maintain friendships as an adult.
With a little work, you can keep your friendships going, and be a good friend. Sometimes when you are an adult it can be easy to get so wrapped up in your everyday life you forget to pick up your phone and talk to your friend. Don’t miss out on having someone to talk to and listen to, share laughs, create fun memories together. Take the time to nurture those relationships when you can.
1. Text or Call
Take a moment and send a quick text and ask how their day is, or call them. Take 15-20 minutes out of your day to talk for a bit. You can even multi-task as you are driving to pick kids up or while you cook dinner. You can even Facetime each other, that is one of the beauties of technology when you can’t see each other face-to-face.
2. Coffee Run
If you can pencil in 30 minutes meet for a cup of coffee or tea and catch up. This is a great way to see each other face to face and have that special connection, share some laughs and just enjoy time together.
3. Small Gift
If you see something that reminds you of your friend, take the time to give them a little gift. Whether it be a cute coffee mug, their favorite candy, etc. If you live far away from your friend, send them a little gift to show them your thinking of them.
4. Play Date
If you both have kids that are around the same age, set up a time and have a playdate. That way your kids can be entertained and you can have grown up time with your friend.
5. Don’t Expect Too Much
As a grownup, we have to realize we can’t spend every moment with our friends like we did when we were younger. We have jobs, families, and that can take up a lot of our schedule. Just knowing your friendship is strong and when you can you make time to see each other or talk on the phone is key. When you see each other you can pick up where you left off.
Make sure you take time to listen to your friend and pay attention when they talk. Maintaining a good friendship is all about being a good listener and someone who cares. Cheer them on, be a shoulder to cry on, give good advice when needed. Just make sure you stop thinking about your life for a moment and really listen to what they are saying.
7. Make Time
In your schedule make sure to set a time down to go shopping for an hour, or meet up at your favorite restaurant, or get pedicures and chat. Even if it is once a month, just make sure to make time for that friendship. Embrace the quality of time you have and don’t worry about how often you see each other. If you make the moments count it will be enough to carry over until you see each other again
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