Overcoming loneliness in friendships: Here are 5 things you can do

From reflecting on our expectations to expanding our social circle, here are a few ways to overcome loneliness.

Published on Feb 28, 2024 06:00 AM IST 6 Photos

With time and age, friendships can feel strained. This happens due to a range of reasons – however, the feeling of loneliness in friendships can feel very heavy. "Feeling lonely within friendships can happen for many reasons, and it’s not uncommon. Sometimes, the imbalance stems from a lack of shared interests, values, or communication styles. In other cases, it may be a result of changing circumstances, such as one friend experiencing personal growth while the other remains stagnant," wrote Therapist Israa Nasir. Here are a few ways of overcoming loneliness.(Unsplash)

We need to reflect on the needs and expectations that we have from the friendship – we also need to make changes based on the time and situation we are going through. (Unsplash)

Instead of waiting for others to take initiatives, we should take them up ourselves and make plans to meet and spend quality time. (Unsplash)


We should consciously focus on expanding our social circle where we can meet people with shared interests. (Unsplash)

When things start to feel rough, we should communicate with our friends about our loneliness and share our expectations with them. (Unsplash)