Between trying to settle in and locating missing boxes, moving is a difficult time for most families. Combine that with the added stress of trying to navigate through a new Raleigh neighborhood – and you have the recipe for a difficult time.
Whether you are hoping to find the best route to take to work or simply looking to meet a few friends in your area, these 5 tips can help reduce the stress of moving into a new Raleigh neighborhood.
1) Be Outgoing
Many times the people within your new Raleigh neighborhood will be just as unsure about how to approach a new-comer, especially during a stressful time like moving. That’s why it is important to break the ice and approach your new neighbors, if even for a brief introduction. Take the time to walk over and introduce yourself and your family – even if it is for a few moments before returning to your box-filled house.
2) Make Time to Meet New People
In the chaos of your day, it is hard to remember that taking the time to greet and interact with others is crucial to adapting well within your new Raleigh neighborhood. Whether that means taking the time to find new people and starting a conversation or simply making yourself approachable when you’re out in public, be sure to place a priority on getting out and interacting in your new neighborhood.
3) Locate Some of the Best Places in the City
There are countless Raleigh bars, restaurants and parks within your new neighborhood that many “locals” call home – try to discover a few of them and check them out. Try visiting a new bar with a co-worker or going to a popular fitness class. It will also help if you can find the places that neighborhood people frequent and enjoy in their downtime.
4) Enjoy an Old Hobby with New People
One of the easiest ways to make friends is to actively seek out like-minded individuals. Research events that interest you and commit to attending a few classes (or games). Make sure that you also commit to talking to some new faces while you are there.
5) Reach Out on Social Media and Groups
With increasing numbers of social media groups committed to connecting local people, try searching through some of the online groups for the Raleigh area. There’s virtually something for everyone – from dog groups to parent meet-ups – so chances are you will find a group of people with similar interests!
Relocating in Raleigh can be a stressful time. Put yourself in the best position to quickly adapt and assimilate to the your new area, taking the time and making the effort to meet new people and join new groups.