How to Beat the Long Weekend Blues When You Are Shy

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Volunteering is a great way to beat the blues of a lonely long weekend. Getty / Klaus Vedfelt

Being shy can be inhibiting to your weekend plans. It may be hard for a socially anxious person to get out and meet new people.

Staying home with nothing to do can result in the blues, but it does not have to be that way.

Here are four ideas to help you have a great weekend while meeting new people.

Go on a Hike

Yes, find the time to go out on a hike in your area.

Sites like meetup.com or your local hiking groups often host hikes on weekends for all types of people.

Once you find something you like, simply go to the meeting place and start the trek with a group of people. During the hike, you will be able to meet a wide variety of new people who you will be able to share an interest with.

You can take your time and warm up to them during a long hike, or just make small talk and enjoy the scenery.

Either way, you will most likely have a good time and meet people to boot. At the end of a hike, you may find you make a few friends who you can hike with in the future.

Participate in Arts and Crafts

Sites like meetup.com and arts and crafts groups on Facebook can be a great way to find out about weekend events such as group painting, ceramics, and theater. By participating, you will meet many people who are interested in the hobby from many walks of life.

During an activity, you will learn a new skill while also making new friends. If you find that you like the activity, you can continue going to events and meet many people with similar interests.

Volunteer in the Community

There are countless opportunities to volunteer in your community and be part of a team.

Cleanup projects, planting, building low-income homes, and helping out at the food bank all allow you to give back to the community while working with and meeting new people.

Volunteering can be very rewarding and there are many organizations that need your help.

A simple Google search will yield several results in your community.

Volunteering also allows you to find something you are passionate about and to make a difference. Having this passion in common with others may lead to friendships and make you feel better about future volunteer opportunities.

Community Sports Leagues

Sports leagues have many benefits and be extremely fun.

If you have an interest in sports, go online or to the YMCA and find local sports leagues that are looking for members; many of these leagues don't have tryouts and just play for fun.

You will be able to meet new people while also exercising, which is great for chasing away the blues.

Sports can be highly passionate endeavors and being on a team will allow you to build bonds with others. Community sports leagues allow you to choose from a wide variety of sports that may draw your interest; there is certainly something for everyone.

Hopefully, you can find what best meets your needs for a great weekend out. Just get out there and try until you find something that interests you.

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