It might be hard to fathom that someone could feel like an outsider in a world that is so connected, and while there are many way to connect with others online – what do we do when we feel like we are losing our in-person connections thanks to good ole’ technology? Or how about military spouses who are feeling isolated from family and friends due to the distance between them or a recent PCS/move?
We can also tend to feel like an outsider because we have different views, interests or perhaps have a hard time finding a start. Or perhaps you are like me, an extrovert that has somehow turned introvert because of working from home for so many years. Feeling like an outsider may come in various forms, but the feeling is never one that has us feeling confident and ready to make new friends, but one that makes us run and take cover.
Whether you are feeling like an outsider because of the military life or perhaps for some other reason, making it your responsibility to get out there and connect is the first step.
Here are 3 things to get you started and connected with others:
Your community can be the master key to navigating and staying connected. While having an online social life is great, there is nothing like those in-person connections made over something that you already have in common – your home.
What have you done to help you connect with others? Share with us in the comments below.
About the blogger: Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.
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