Did you know that September is International Women’s Friendship Month? For some women, it can be challenging to maintain friendships, especially after taking on responsibilities like growing in a career, starting a business, getting married, or having children.
Studies have shown that women are more inclined to turn to friends and value their friendships as a place where they can be vulnerable. Socially, women are taught to share more about their emotions and to do this with other women. But what happens when life gets a little too busy to make time to turn to friends?
Here are some ways to maintain friendships. While this blog is focused around “International Women’s Friendship Month,” this can be applied to all types of friendships."
How to maintain friendships:
You may be thinking that you already know how important your friends are, but perhaps are missing them, because you have found yourself to be really busy. I get it!
And here are some quick ways to touch base with your friends.
When friendships are no longer helpful:
Not all relationships are considered healthy relationships. There are relationships that can be toxic and it's important to be able to identify some of these toxic relationship behaviors.
Making fun of you or insulting you. This goes far beyond the occasional joke or fun teasing and leads to actually feeling hurt or embarrassed.
Everything is about them. An example of this is that you turn to your friend because you are having a bad day, and their first response is how bad their day is and focus on themselves.
You feel drained around them.
They peer pressure you to do things you do not want to do.
If you have ever noticed some of these red flags in your relationship, your options are to 1) address it with your friend, 2) create stronger boundaries, or 3) end the relationship.
Share any tips that you have on how you maintain friendships!
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