It has happened to us all, we find ourselves in a stressful place and friendships fall to the wayside. Perhaps it is a friendship that is causing distress. It can be difficult to know how to navigate our relationships when faced with stress and worry. What can we do to make that easier?

Be Open and Honest in Your Friendships

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Honesty is seriously underrated. Much of the time, misunderstandings and arguments are caused by either not being honest about something, or not expressing how you feel. It is important to a healthy friendship, to have this honest and open relationship.

If your friend has said or done something to upset you, speaking about it with them will give them the opportunity to explain. It may be they felt they couldn’t, were worried about your reaction or any number of other reasons. Whichever it is, taking the time to listen is invaluable.

Remember it goes both ways. If you are facing a difficult period in your life, let your friends know. You don’t have to tell them what it is, but explain that you are a little stressed and might be quiet for a while. This will help them to understand you and not take any silence as a slight.

Stay In Touch

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It is so easy to shut yourself off from the world when things are tough. We do not always want to talk to people, spend time with them or even reply to messages. However, spending a minute a two every now and then to let your friends know that you are there, but need a little space, can go a long way to keeping those friendships in tact.

Be Understanding in Friendships

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As we said earlier, it is a two way street. This means, as a friend, you need to do what you can to be understanding when one of your friends needs that time and space. Or if they are super grumpy and snapping, that something else might be going on.

You can check in on your friends and let them know you noticed they weren’t themselves. Say that you are there if they need to talk and if they do, listen. Try not to be judgemental and support them through the difficulties they are facing.

Make Time for Those Who are Important to You

Sometimes, the reasons that friendships fizzle out, may be because life is hectic. We have school runs, appointments, work, studying, housework, shopping and a million and one other things to do. That’s without all of the other worries and stresses life can bring. So, every now and then let that person know you are thinking of them, make a date to go for coffee or pick up the phone for a chat. Remind them they are important and loved.

You can find lots of ideas and things to do with friends throughout The Wonderment.

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About Author

Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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