Fighting Social Isolation This Week: Knowing When to Back Off

Everyone needs a break from daily stress, and sometimes that requires a moment of solitude. In attempting to make a friend, one must be careful to acknowledge and respect social cues that showcase the desire to be alone. Although some people may truly need the presence of a friend to lift their spirits, the choice to reach out to others belongs to every individual. New people can be intimidating, especially for naturally introverted people who may enjoy solitude over company. There is no need to pressure people into friendships. If you have stepped out of your comfort zone lately to make a friend, you should be proud for your efforts, regardless of whether or not you were successful. Be sure to showcase that you are available if ever they feel like reaching out while respectfully providing them with the space they require. It is pivotal that society doesn’t fixate on every person that chooses to be alone.