Throughout our lives we face many experiences, including good times and bad, easy and hard. It would be challenging to experience all of life’s highs and lows entirely on our own; we need others around us. People depend on the companionship found in relationships with family and friends during their lives. Being connected to others is important for our well-being, self-esteem and development. They help to bring meaning to our lives and help us to feel good about ourselves.
Sometimes friendships can change, arguments can arise and we can fall out with one another. At other times we can find ourselves feeling alone or struggling to make friends. These are very common experiences but can also be very painful. Another challenge we may face is where we find ourselves in unhealthy friendships/relationships that might make us feel unhappy or uncomfortable. Learning to manage all these situations is often helped when we talk things through with a trusted adult who can help us to manage changes, deal with loneliness or handle unhealthy situations.
Relationships offer support, fun, friendship, advice and guidance. Friendships ultimately improve our happiness because we need social interaction to thrive.
Relationships are really important and it is good to make the effort to keep them and look after them. It can be especially important to do something about those relationships that we may have neglected or are not going so well. Keep it simple and maybe do something you don’t normally do.