How to Get Your Partner to Be More Sociable

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How it started: You couldn’t get your partner to stay in for the night. It was a party every day. And if they weren’t going to a party, they started their own at home.

How it’s going: Aside from work and occasionally walking the dog, you can’t get your partner to leave the house. So Uber eats has your order on standby every Tuesday and Thursday.

Does this sound like your situation? If so, your partner may be experiencing a case of the Anti-Social Blues. Side-effects include:

Couples can go through situations where one or more partner prefers to stay in rather than hang out with friends or go to a social event. This is most common during the colder months when it takes more effort to leave the house.

However, if it’s been months and your partner still lacks the desire to attend social events, they may be experiencing something more serious.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)- What Is It?

According to Mayoclinic.org, SAD is “a type of depression commonly related to changes in the seasons. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. These symptoms often resolve during the spring and summer months.” In other words, SAD is temporary, and the depression dissipates during warmer months.

However, sometimes, a person has an occasional lack of energy which causes them to want to stay indoors more. Or, they are shy and find it difficult to meet people because they are socially awkward in groups.

If your partner used to be a social butterfly but now only wants to sit on the couch and eat sweet potato chips, check out some tips on getting your partner off the couch, dressed, and ready to go.

Symptoms of Social Awkwardness

How do you know your partner is socially awkward and not just a homebody? If the situation is affecting your relationship and they want to do something about it, it’s more a case of being shy or socially awkward instead of just wanting to stay home and chill. 

Symptoms of being socially awkward include:

Physical symptoms

Over time, symptoms of social anxiety disorder can change and may trigger when you anticipate upcoming events.

One short-term remedy is avoiding the situation that causes you anxiety. Avoidance may help you feel better temporarily. However, the fear will likely continue if you don’t seek treatment.

Tips to Get Your Partner to Be More Sociable

If your partner is leaning toward being anti-social, with a little effort and patience, helping them go from shy to sociable is something you can do.

Don’t Force It

Just because your partner doesn’t like going out all the time, don’t make a huge deal out of it by saying accusatory things like, “You never want to go out.” and “You’re so boring.”

Nobody appreciates being nagged into doing something, which may encourage them to stay home. So instead, start smaller and suggest doing something that even they can’t turn down. For example, treat them to dinner at their favorite rib joint or surprise them with tickets to a movie they want to see.

Go Out on Dates, Just the Two of You

The more time you spend with your partner, the more comfortable they’ll feel around others. Sometimes being sociable is about being more self-assured, and the best place to feel more confident in the company of others starts with you.

Get them off the couch by offering to do things they enjoy, or suggest doing something exciting and brand new for the both of you.

Intimate Date Ideas for Couples

Nudge in the Right Direction

Sometimes you must take matters into your own hands but be discreet about it. Take the initiative and host a small dinner party. Create a guest list of people that have a wide range of interests.

However, refrain from surprising your partner with the party. Instead, make them a big part of the planning. Have them help with things like suggesting activities and the type of food. Make them excited to attend a fabulous dinner soiree they helped plan.

No Sneakiness. Instead, Be Transparent

Let’s face it; no one likes to be blindsided or put into a possible anxiety-inducing situation. So don’t sneak around. If you plan to set your mate up on a “blind date” with your best friend’s significant other, make sure you have your partner’s consent.

If you’re going out to dinner, don’t “accidentally” run into your best friend and their partner and pull the ol’ “Heeey, I didn’t know you were going to be here!” routine. Your partner will see right through that, and the evening will not end favorably.

Communication

Truthfully, it’s okay if you and your partner don’t do everything together. You’re not joined at the hip. But, sometimes, if you enjoy attending social events together, tell them so. If you don’t communicate how you feel, they’ll assume you’re okay with the relationship as is. Take advantage of this opportunity to be truthful and upfront.

Effective Ways to Communicate

Enlist Your Friends for Help

If your friend is having a social gathering, be sure you’re at the top of the list for an invite. You want to take advantage of every opportunity to get your partner out there. Confiding with trusted friends about your concerns will make it easier to find things for you and your partner to do because your friends will look out for you.

For instance, you’re not going to know about every event in town, but your friend can notify you of social gatherings, concerts, and parties you don’t know about.

Additionally, have one of your partner’s buddies call and invite them to a ball game. Obtaining outside help from friends takes some of the pressure off you.

Never Push Them to Be More Sociable

There is a fine line that you should not cross. It’s okay to nudge but pull back when you see your effort is harming more than helping.

For instance, if you attempt to organize a dinner party and your partner adamantly disagrees, save the dinner for another time. Again, the idea is to encourage rather than force them to socialize more.

3 Types of People Who Socially Withdraw

While some people are natural extroverts, others prefer to be in the company of one; themselves. People who are more introverted include

Encourage an Anti-anxiety Lifestyle

Often, side effects come with anxiety, including

  • tiredness due to lack of sleep

  • risk of heart disease

  • memory problems

  • frequent migraines

  • gastrointestinal disorders

  • nausea

  • dizziness

  • weakness

Join your partner and dedicate yourselves to making healthy lifestyle choices. Doing so promotes good physical and mental health. Encourage day-to-day activities that promote wellness like:

Use a Little Motivation

Don’t discourage your partner by picking apart his social skills. For example, you finally get your partner to go out, but you watch them intently to ensure they aren’t embarrassing you.

Unfortunately, watching them throughout the evening will make them more nervous and create a less enjoyable evening. Instead of scrutinizing their every move, be more encouraging by offering a smile or squeezing their hand when they’re speaking.

If you notice your partner exhibiting signs of social anxiety, give support, not judgment, with a simple gesture like rubbing their arm. They’re doing the best they can and are making an effort. So, please show your appreciation for their attempt.

Raise Your Partner’s Confidence

Sometimes it isn’t about anxiety. Being anti-social can also be due to a lack of confidence. Maybe your partner is unhappy with their looks, or they feel they don’t have anything intriguing to add to a conversation. If that’s the case, this is where your job comes in.

Help boost your partner’s self-esteem by practicing self-love. As a couple, try new things together, like a cooking or dance class. When we feel good about ourselves, we tend to be more confident.

Woman Showing Support to Partner - Couple Holding Hands

To boost your partner’s confidence, don’t be condescending. Instead, be honest. If they cook a delicious meal for you, tell them so. Show them they’re desirable with a knowing glance or a sensual smile. If they do something well, tell them. For example, do you like the way he cleans the house? Do you like the way she elegantly sets the table for a dinner party? Compliments like this create a happy, more confident partner.

Make it your mission to stop taking your partner for granted. Instead, start complimenting the small gestures of love from them. You’ll be amazed at the benefits you see for your relationship.

Discuss Your Partner’s Feelings

There may be a reason why your significant other doesn’t want to go out, but you won’t know unless you ask. For example, maybe they’ve been working hard and lack the energy to attend a game night. Don’t get impatient, and avoid getting upset. Doing so may cause them to hold back their feelings, making it more challenging to get to the root cause.

Also, keep judgment to yourself. Your partner may deal with issues beyond their control, so be rational. Don’t try to “fix” them or change the situation by telling them to “Get over it” or “Nobody is even looking at you.” Statements like this negate their feelings and may cause them to retreat into their shell.

You want to motivate your partner, so this is the time when you should listen to what they tell you. Encourage them by offering suggestions, but don’t force a solution. Instead, let them know you are there for them and will help in any way you can.

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