First off, if you are in a relationship, talk to your partner. You need to clear some space to have friends, and that means getting your partner’s support for that time.
Second, whether you currently have a partner or not, find friends who are not even remotely possibilities for romantic interests. The idea here is to develop some good friendships that will sustain you and broaden your relationships. Leave the romance out of this.
If you have some old friends whose friendship has languished, give them a call. Get together for a cup of coffee, or go for a walk. Find a regular excuse to get together and talk. Add that time into your week. I promise that whatever else you have to do, whether it’s for work or for your family, it can wait.
If you can’t think of anyone whose friendship you can nurture, don’t feel bad. It is common for people who are busy with work and family to let their social lives lapse. In that case, it is time to get more active in your community. Find a group with common interests. It might be a religious group, a civic organization, or a charity. Give some of your time. And while you’re there, get to know the people around you.
There are lots of great day-to-day benefits of having good friends. You get to share in the lives and life stories of your friends. You will have people that you can rely on you for an honest opinion when you need one and for a pat on the back when you just need to be lifted up. And on those days when it feels like the bottom may drop out of your world, there is nothing like having a few friends around to catch you.
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