3. Step back if you need to.
This is one of the most important steps for both of you and for your friendship. If tensions are always high, if there is a constant heaviness in your conversations and if you feel them slipping away, step back. Be honest again, but step back. It’s very easy for friendships to disappear in these situations and once they’ve been affected, it is agonising to look back on what has changed over something so small. It is not as simple as them not appreciating your care. It is not as simple as them not loving you as much any-more. It is mixed up in complication and differing opinions.
If you have some bias in the conversation, step back.