They help us through the tough times, they cheer us up when we feel down and they are the people we usually trust.
All friendships go through rough patches. It’s OK to fight with friends from time to time and there are ways to make things better.
Falling out with a friend or a group of friends can happen really fast and it can take you by surprise. Having a fight with a friend can be really upsetting.
Even best friends can argue and go through a rough patch – it’s normal. It’s what you do next that’s the most important part.
If you’ve had a fight with a friend, think about:
After a fight or an argument, you may both need time to cool off. Think about how you could talk about what happened, and how you could sort things out.
If you want to try and patch things up, these tips might help:
Sometimes it’s too hard to make things better. That’s OK too. It can happen because:
All these things can affect friendships.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. All friends fall out sometimes and it’s normal for friendships to change over time. Think about ways to meet new people – and treasure the good friends you have.
If your friends are treating you badly – bullying, putting you down, spreading rumours, or putting pressure on you to do something you don’t want to do (peer pressure) – think about whether you really want to be friends. Sometimes it’s better to move on.
The end of a friendship can be a sad and difficult time, but if your friends are making you unhappy, it’s OK to let them go.
Sometimes, making friends just happens and sometimes it takes time and effort. Think about what you want in a friend. So long as you accept each other for your differences, there’s no reason not to get along.
Remember, it’s normal to feel a nervous about making new friends, especially if you’re a bit shy.