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6 ways to nurture your friendships
by Harriet Frew on November 16th, 2017

When my children were babies and toddlers, feeling suffocated by the chaos and endless demands of domestic life, my friend A listened unconditionally to my woes on the phone, and shared hers back. She had been there before when were ‘finding ourselves’, travelling in Australia, and talking endlessly, as we put childhood demons behind us and started afresh. At my wedding, she was my supporter and cheerleader, injecting her immense excitement and joy into this special day. And today, she remains a constant presence in my life, although these days we talk less, and geographically, it is not possible anymore, to just pop in for a cup of tea. Most importantly, I know she is there, and I owe this friendship a great deal in my happiness and wellbeing quotient. I hope I don’t ever take it for granted.

But what if you don’t have close friends? We know that we have an epidemic of loneliness in the UK. It is certainly one of the most talked about issues in counselling, and a trigger for many unhelpful escape strategies like overeating, drinking, compulsive shopping and internet use. In some ways, we have never felt so connected with others, constantly glued to our iPhones and other electronic devices, but time for meaningful connections has diminished with our ever busier lives.  Loneliness can be hard to bear, especially when you feel maybe that you shouldn’t feel lonely – you are surrounded by people, but don’t feel connected at all.
We know that people live longer when they have meaningful relationships, these being incredibly important for our mental wellbeing. We put time and effort into health, exercise, work and family. It is worth investing in our friendships too.


If you are feeling lonely and want to connect more with others, here are 6 tips: 


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Counselling support for eating disorders and body image.