- #1 – Change your default address
- #2 – Surf the net for attractions in the neighbourhood
- #3 – Talk to people in the neighbourhood
- #4 – Join the local neighbourhood watch
- #5 – Join social media pages
Moving to a new neighbourhood can cause a lot of anxiety.
You still have the urge to drive to your old place or worse – you get lost every time you drive home from work! You might feel isolated and alienated because you don’t really know anyone.
Sure, your neighbours are friendly, but they’re not quite your friends yet.
There are many things that you can do to start making the neighbourhood your new home. It’s going to take some time and a few baby steps but before you know it, you’ll be the admin of the neighbourhood watch group chat!
#1 – Change your default address
The first thing you must do is also the most important: change your default home address.
Your accounts and even your place of work might still have you listed under your previous address. You might not even get your mail at your new home yet!
Free yourself from the past and establish your new address as your permanent home base.
Put your new address on your GPS or Maps system so that you know which way home is if you ever get lost. You can also explore alternate paths to get used to the area.
#2 – Surf the net for attractions in the neighbourhood
The internet is amazing and it can find activities for you to do within a few seconds.
If you’re bored over the weekend, search for fun things to do in the neighbourhood and take a drive. It might be something small like a flea market or it could be something exciting like a concert.
It is also a good idea to determine where your nearest clinic and police station are. You definitely don’t want to get lost in the case of an emergency!
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#3 – Talk to people in the neighbourhood
The easiest way to get to know the residents and the area is to talk to people who live there.
It might seem daunting but you’ll find that your neighbours might be kinder than you think. They might even give you advice and tips on how to navigate life in your new neighbourhood.
It is very easy to hide behind our fenced-in homes and our high walls so make the effort to get to know the people around you. It serves as added security, too, because neighbours look out for each other during the day.
#4 – Join the local neighbourhood watch
If you don’t mind the adrenaline of chasing a yard hopper on foot, consider joining the neighbourhood watch. Here you will meet even more people and you will actively contribute to the safety of the area.
It often happens that residents feel disconnected in a new area so being part of something bigger than yourself really lends a sense of community to the situation.
You can find out which roads are more dangerous than others and get inside info about the area, its people, and its character as you patrol the streets with your new neighbours.
#5 – Join social media pages
Many neighbourhoods often have their own social media pages. Find out if your new neighbourhood has one and request to join it.
This way you will see what the people’s concerns are as well as their likes and dislikes. You can keep a close eye on what the general community vibe is and slowly adjust yourself towards it.
If you ever need help, these social media pages are the perfect way to ask for assistance.
Being part of a new neighbourhood is scary but also exciting. Don’t let your fear keep you from being part of an amazing new group of people.