Dear Margot - I Miss My Best Friend
Updated: Feb 16
My cousin is my best friend and lives 8 hours away and I always miss her so much. What should I do to help me not feel so alone?
I get why you feel lonely and I'd like to let you know that it's okay to feel like that sometimes, but it's important not to let it consume you. I know she's your best friend and is probably the most trustful person you know, but she shouldn’t be your only friend especially when she lives so far away. In general, you can't rely on just one person for your happiness, it's essential not to forget that we live in an era where you can always just call, facetime and text the people that you miss.
Next, here's one way to help you to not feel so alone: try to make new friends and get closer with the ones you have. You could even write what you want to say down in a letter if you don’t feel comfortable saying personal things out loud. I know it may seem dumb to do it, but it helps to get the words out so they don't build up. Another way to get involved is to distract yourself and form new hobbies. Use your time away from her to branch out and make new memories that you can share with her when you see her. Lastly, don’t forget that while we may feel alone there are people around us who loves us and care for us; so if the loneliness becomes too much to handle they're always there so don't hesitate to reach out to someone for help.
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