HOW TO INSPIRE YOUR INDOOR FRIENDS TO JOIN YOU OUTDOORS
Everyone has that one friend – the one who just loves relaxing and spending time at home or indoors. Hey, nothing is wrong with that, of course, but does your friend know just how much they’re missing?! Just as you find comfort in nature, some find comfort in the coziness their home offers. However, while expanding your friendship beyond four walls may prove to be a challenge, it will likely be one of the most worthwhile things you have done for somebody in a long time. If you’re looking to get your indoorsy friend out the door, try following these steps!
Invite, invite, invite
This may be the toughest part of the process, because convincing a homebody to leave their humble abode is usually a tough task. However, don’t let rejection halt your spirit – persistence is key! Make a list of outdoor activities that you think your friend would enjoy, even if it is a small picnic at the local park or going out on an afternoon walk. Work your way down the list and take note of the things they seem to be most excited about, building various itineraries from there.
Similar to any other aspect of a healthy friendship, it’s all about compromise! If you are struggling to get your friend to accept your invitations, try first committing your time to doing things they love. You have a much better chance of getting them to join you on your outdoor adventure with you if you show them that you are willing to negotiate your time to do the things they enjoy. Although it may seem a little one-sided to begin with, your friend will most likely appreciate the time and effort you are investing in the relationship and eventually come around. You can even try adding in their interests to your itinerary, by suggesting a relaxing movie night after an enjoyable day hike. That way, you get to grow your friendship by doing things you both love!
Success! You got your indoorsy friend to accept your invitation and join you outdoors – now what? It’s your responsibility to plan out all of the details for your big day out, to ensure that the day goes as smoothly as possible. Before booking a weekend camping spot, or planning your hike to Half Dome, try toning it down a bit. Be sure to start small and remain reasonable, as it’s really easy for a homebody to feel overwhelmed by a long hike or a weekend roughing it. Try planning a simple picnic in the park! The Lightspeed Quilted Blanket is the perfect soft surface for an afternoon spent lounging and enjoying the outdoors. You have a much better chance of getting them to agree to another day outdoors if you do your best to make the day as enjoyable as possible for them, by keeping it simple and easy. After a couple mild outdoor activity days try something a little more active like a hike!
Show them the ropes
After getting your friend to step out of their comfort zone with a few more active outings, it’s crucial to help them feel comfortable and confident in this new situation. The best way to do this is to remain optimistic and understanding throughout your day outdoors. Be sure to offer advice and give ideas, but more importantly – listen to them! If they are feeling nervous or overwhelmed, take a step back and communicate possible reasons they are feeling that way, and adjust to the situation. By remaining open and understanding, you give them a comfortable space to share how they are feeling and will in turn gain a better idea of their likes and dislikes to keep in mind for future plans.
After showing them the ropes on the first few times out, you can eventually try taking the backseat and letting them take the lead. The trust you put in them by doing this will show them that they are capable, allowing their confidence to grow in a somewhat unfamiliar territory, making the experience all around more enjoyable for everyone.
Most Importantly – Have fun!
Don’t bum yourself out if your friend doesn’t come around right away, or your day doesn’t go as planned. It’s important to stay persistent and open minded throughout this process, knowing not everyone is as outdoorsy as you may be! At the end of the day, it is important to make the most out of your time with your friends – no matter what you’ve got planned!