Sometimes a friendship might feel like a family. However, much as with family, maintaining the relationship takes work. By working together, supporting one another, and giving one other praise, you could forge a connection that lasts a lifetime. Self-disclosure is necessary for creating a strong friendship when strengthening one. You can get to know them and they can get to know you because of their vulnerability.
Any deep friendship you have with your best friend should include some of this. While setting boundaries is acceptable, being open to others’ reactions enhances relationships. Inform them of your struggles. You might say, “I’m really struggling with my body image.” You might be surprised to learn that you two share anything in common. They are always growing, just like you.
And even though the two of you are alike, it’s important to remember that they are different from you. Just as important as respecting your differences is celebrating your common interests. As you become older, the friendship’s dynamics could change. If you are open to those changes, you are well on your way to preserving the friendship. To maintain a friendship, it’s essential to spend time together. Whether it be in person or online, it’s imperative to regularly stay in touch with your best friend.