Everyone who likes spending time with their friends knows the feeling of mentally ticking away the days until the next big event you have with them, whether that’s something you’re proud of or not. That being said, after so many social gatherings with the same friends where you might resort to the same activities that you know are successful within the group, you might start to notice a sense of strange fatigue washing over you. It probably isn’t anything to do with the people that you’re spending time with; they are your friends after all, it’s just that you might need new activities to add to the repertoire.
Inject Some Variety into the Occasion
If you’ve grown tired of the one activity that you resort to every time with your friends, there’s no need you suddenly have to shift to one singular other activity that you will now enjoy until that too becomes unenjoyable. You can break out of this pattern altogether by introducing a variety of pastimes to these occasions, keeping things light and consistently moving. You can do this by having a dedicated night that you can then spruce up with an activity of your choice. By doing this across different nights, you’re bound to come up with some new interests you can share with your friends.
Having a range of activities that you and your friends can do can make the anticipation towards these events even greater due to the unpredictable and more spontaneous nature of them. Additionally, it might even open up some doors to further hobbies down the line. Different members of your friend group might have different attitudes towards what they would like you all to do, and these give you a chance to share your hobbies with your friends in a way that isn’t just about making them do something you enjoy, but in a way that might get you to understand each other in a way you perhaps didn’t previously.
Switch Up the Location
While lockdown restrictions might impact your ability to take these gatherings anywhere outside of your home (and even then, the possibility of fitting your whole friend group inside your house might be somewhat slim), the idea of taking your gatherings outside could massively open up your potential for fun. The first example to pop into your head may well be the idea of going on a group holiday, which means that you can see sights and share experiences that you would likely never be able to get when you’re simply doing the same old routine at home. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, then it’s likely worth researching the different types of holidays available.
While having holidays that revolve around drinking and relaxing are popular with friends and family, you might be surprised to learn about other alternative holiday ideas that are available. More active holidays that take advantage of the environment and include events such as water sports might be of interest to members of your group and work to get people out of their comfort zones.
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