How to connect with family and friends

December 3, 2020

Connecting can be hard.

Whether you’re maintaining existing connections or building new ones.

How do you connect with your family and friends?

When moving into a new community, maintaining existing connections with your friends and family as well as building new ones is important. Moving somewhere new can be isolating. Whether you’re on your own or with your significant other. Humans are, generally speaking, social creatures. That’s why our nature is to seek out interaction and connection.

So once you’re all settled into your new apartment at The Reserve, why not visit one of the amenities designed for social interactions and meet your new neighbours. Whether you use the communal BBQ facilities, the heated indoor pool, the gym or the Social Centre, there will definitely be someone to interact with. If you are the shy type, don’t let that stop you getting involved in activities. Our residents are lovely and someone will soon come to you for a chat.

If making new connections and finding common ground is something that doesn’t come naturally to you, here are some great ideas to get you started.

How do you find new connections with those around you? Here are some ways that we have found can work well:

  • Puzzles can be a great way to spend time with someone. Whether you prefer crosswords or sudoku, your neighbours are sure to share a passion for some sort of puzzle. It’s also great for your mental agility and working out that grey matter between your ears.
  • Exercise is a great connector. If you’re going for a walk around Winnacott Reserve or working up a sweat in the gym, some company might make all that effort seem slightly more effortless. Having someone to help motivate you (or even compete with) is also a fun way to make sure you keep active.
  • Music is an international language. Share your favourite tunes with your neighbours and friends and listen to theirs. Make a night of it and share your musical passions. Learn about why they love it and you may find yourself partial to a new genre.
  • Languages can be a lovely thing to share. Does a neighbour speak another language? Can they they teach you a little? Learn a few phrases you can use on each other and maybe you can use it next time you pass in the corridor.
  • Hobbies and passions are better shared. Whether you’re a bookworm, an avid gardener or a voracious knitter, there’s bound to be someone else with as much passion for your craft as you. Share a project, start a club or instigate some friendly competition. Why not chat to your Resident Liaison Officer and start a brand-new activity in the Social Centre.

Elderly couple laughing at a tablet. The man sitting on the couch, the woman standing behind him with her hands on his shoulders Circle of seven hands each holding a puzzle piece to form a circle Cloe up view of female hands knitting thick dark red yarn in purl stitch

We think it’s also important to stay connected with your family and with technology’s advances, it’s such a fantastic way to connect. If you Facetime, Zoom, Skype or like sending your grandkids emojis, don’t forget about your existing friends whilst you’re busy making new ones.

If you have any suggestions for ways to connect, we’d love to hear them. Get in touch today.

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