Stephanie Clark from Atlanta Counseling Group is here to share her best advice on strengthening your relationship with friends.
What is the most common problem your clients have with their friends?
Everyone struggles to maintain friendships through transitional phases of life, such as transitioning from single to married, having children, empty nesters and widowhood.
What is the first step to solving that particular problem?
Assess what friendships are truly important and which are worth keeping and nurturing. People and priorities changes, and that is a normal part of life. You can still be friendly and keep those relationships close to your heart, but the energy you give each one can be assessed and adjusted.
What have you learned from your own friendships?
Give the other the benefit of the doubt. We don’t know all the traits and tribulations our friends are carrying around. If they don’t return your call or text as you expect, or if they don’t return a favor, don’t take it so personally.