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

Published on Feb 28, 2024 06:00 AM IST
  • From reflecting on our expectations to expanding our social circle, here are a few ways to overcome loneliness.
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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) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 28, 2024 06:00 AM IST

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)

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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) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 28, 2024 06:00 AM IST

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)

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Instead of waiting for others to take initiatives, we should take them up ourselves and make plans to meet and spend quality time. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 28, 2024 06:00 AM IST

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

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We should consciously focus on expanding our social circle where we can meet people with shared interests. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 28, 2024 06:00 AM IST

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

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When things start to feel rough, we should communicate with our friends about our loneliness and share our expectations with them. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 28, 2024 06:00 AM IST

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

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Instead of focusing on the quantity of the friendship and keeping score, we should focus on the quality of friendship we have with them.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 28, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Instead of focusing on the quantity of the friendship and keeping score, we should focus on the quality of friendship we have with them.(Unsplash)

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