How To Maintain A Long Distance Friendship
Regardless of the reason, there comes a point in time where time zones, states or even an ocean separates us from our BFFs. Before you become a sobbing mess saying your “see you soon” to your ride or die know this; friendships are not defined by how often you physically see each other rather the spotlight remains on how well you maintain your relationship. Moving away from close friends does not mean that your friendship has to come to screeching halt, it purely means that you may need to take a different approach to your relationship.
Here are 7 ways to maintain your bond even when you’re miles away.
Relatively speaking, calling your best friend seems like the easiest task in the world but once you add time zones, work schedules, and your personal life into the mix – it complicates things. The phone tag begins and “call you back tomorrow” text messages are exchanged and before you know it, 3 months has slipped by without hearing each other’s voice. The simple solution? Schedule a phone call. Yup, I’m talking highlighted Gmail calendar invites, the whole 9 yards. You wouldn’t miss a schedule work phone call so by securing a window of time to chat with your girlfriend gives you uninterrupted time to catch up.
Having a group text with your best girlfriends is solid way to stay in touch and have consistent communication. The bad news is; you can’t sit down to pee without missing 30+ text messages. The good news is, you’re able to talk about the mundane day to day things instead of catching up on weeks and or months of life’s moments.
Want to know what’s good for the soul? A weekend away with your best friends. Whatever you have to do to make a girls trip a reality, do it. Nothing about the trip has to be elaborate! As long as you’re together, laughing until your stomach hurts, THAT’S what matters. Set a date, buy the flight and go. Your friendship will thank you.
Never underestimate the power of a handwritten card. One of my best friends, Jesse, will randomly put a little note in the mail and I’m telling you – they always show up in my mailbox at the exact perfect time. The envelope may serve as a much needed smile, a pick me up and or a virtual hug – either way, it’s an easy sentiment to let your friend know that you’re thinking about them, even from miles away. So, next time you’re aimlessly walking through the aisles of Target, make a pit stop at the card section.
Use Social Media
Use social media to the advantage of your friendship! Tag each other in a funny meme or use snap chat to show snippets of your day. Both are incredibly easy ways to add that extra little layer of effort!
If you and your girlfriend were still living in the same city chances are you would grab coffee and or a cocktail on the regular, right? Even though the physical part is not a reality you can still make the date happen! Venmo your friend $5 with a coffee is on me today note && VIOLA! Remember, the little things go a long way.
Treat It Like A LDR
I find it a bit silly that there are endless articles discussing tips and tricks of how to make long distance romantic relationships work while the topic of long distance friendships is shoved into a corner. Since long distance friendships are more prevalent we, as a society, tend to downplay them. The reality is, both types of relatinsihpos require an immense amount of effort. Make no mistake that each type of relationship is equally as important and both require your full attention. In a way, your girlfriends are absolutely your soulmates and soulmates deserve your full effort. Make the effort. Make the time. Make the scarifies. Just as you would for a romantic partner.