Nobody likes to be estranged from family and friends. It is not just couples who break up – sometimes even good friends end up parting ways due to a tiff or family members find themselves divided over one issue or another. Whether it is sibling rivalry, unhappy in-laws or a blended family, even the best relationships can break down from time to time. When that happens, the responsibility of mending the relationship will fall on all parties involved.
“There are many reasons why relationships may take a turn for the worse, but you can mend these broken bonds,” says Sydney-based psychologist Clare Mann. Repairing a rift starts by changing your own expectations and letting go of ideas about what makes the perfect relationship.
“Stay open to the possibility that one day in the future things could be different, as opposed to saying that things will never change,” she says.