How To Gracefully End A Friendship

Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are having a great week so far. It is our last full week until Thanksgiving and I am excited for that. Let me know in the comments what your plans for Thanksgiving are. Today I am going to be talking about something that I think we all go through at some point, but we don’t always like to think about. And that is ending a friendship. It’s one of those things that is really uncomfortable and can be a little awkward if you aren’t sure how to handle it. So I wanted to give you some tips on how to end a friendship more gracefully if that is something you feel you need to do.

Accept that it will be a process.

It’s not something that you just do and then it’s over. Most of the time it is usually a process. Whether this person has said or done something, you have just grown apart, or it’s a mutual decision, it’s still a process. Conversations need to be had and you have to accept that the other person may not take it very well. So be prepared to give it the time and attention it needs so that it goes a bit more smoothly.

Do it in person.

If you are ending a friendship, especially if you have been friends with this person for quite a while, it is best to try to do it in person. It is scary and can make you feel a little uncomfortable, but in this situation doing it in person is best. You can have a real conversation and really work through how it is ending and why it is ending.

Expect a conversation.

The person you are ending the friendship with may not know why you are ending the friendship. So you will need to help them understand the best you can. They may not want the friendship to end and you may need to explain why you do. There are many ways the conversation could go, but one thing that is for sure going to happen is there will be a conversation. So be prepared to talk to the person.

Be direct, but be gentle.

It is important to not beat around the bush, but it’s also important to try to have some empathy and be kind. Don’t just dump it on them and walk out. Help them understand why this is happening. Try to be as gentle as you can and if they have questions, do your best to answer them.

Consider a cooling off period.

Ending a friendship is really difficult. However, it still has to be done sometimes. So after you end a friendship, take some time for yourself. Allow yourself to have some time to let go and get yourself together. No one likes ending a relationship of any kind, but always remember to do what is best for you. Sometimes that means ending a friendship and that’s okay.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you find this helpful. Please like it if you did. Let me know in the comments what you would like to see from me next. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!

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