5Let Go of Friendships That Aren't Right for You

When it comes to other people, self-care isn't just saying no to their practical or emotional needs and demands. There are some people you need to say no to altogether; to cut them loose from your life. Too often we hold onto friendships that just aren't working anymore. Despite what the Spice Girls sang, it's not true that ‘friendship never ends’. So why do we hold on?

Friendships are often driven by what we think of as duty; there's a sense of loyalty and we feel obliged to remain friends with some people. We feel guilty – that we're doing something wrong – if we let go. But if you're not spending a lot of time together, or you don't have much in common any more or, worse, a friend continually ...

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