We all know friendships boost your happiness factor, but they’re also scientifically proven to help your brain increase endorphins that build self-confidence and reduce stress – making friendships a crucial part of your overall health and well-being.
When juggling a busy working life with family responsibilities, it’s common to feel you’re not dedicating enough time to your besties, so we’ve rounded up10 strategies to help nurture friendships despite your busy schedule:
Prioritize and schedule: set aside specific time slots for socializing and catching up with friends and treat these commitments as you would any other important meeting or task.
Be open about the challenges you face in finding time for social activities to help them understand your situation and be more accommodating.
Make the most of downtime: use your breaks or commuting time to catch up through text messages or quick phone calls.
Make use of technology to bridge distance and time constraints with video calls.
Look for activities or hobbies you and your friends enjoy.
Plan activities in advance so your friends can adjust their schedules accordingly.
Be flexible and understanding, recognizing your friends may also have busy lives and may need to reschedule.
Invite friends to work-related events or gatherings.
Create traditions or routines such as monthly dinners or weekend outings to provide a sense of continuity and give you something to look forward to.
Prioritize self-care: when you take care of your well-being, you'll have more energy and time to devote to your friendships.