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4 tips to make Long Distance work in friendships

Long distance: both tough but manageable. As I mentioned before, romance was not the only thing I had to learn to balance my time but I also had to keep my own friends close regardless of the distance. It’s a struggle for sure, but at the end of the day, it’s manageable and worth it. Here’s some tips to keep in mind when you’re trying to juggle multiple area codes:

Reading between the lines

Technology can both be our best friend or worst enemy. It’s 2016 and it’s getting easier and easier to provide simple communication across the globe. Having said that, be mindful of how you read or even shoot out your text messages. It’s easy to misinterpret someone’s sense of humour for a rude comment. Last thing you want to do is blowing up each other’s phone and burning bridges over a simple text.

Prioritize

Make the time and effort to reach out. Put it out there to ask how things are going, put an hour or two out of your time once in a month if your schedule is too chaotic to make that phone call to catch up. Reach out for selflessness reasons, not simply because you’re lonely.

Jealousy

Don’t be greedy when you see your BFF create new bonds with people. It’s only human to create social networking groups based on their environment and growth. Understand that although you two may have created a special bond, don’t be so overbearing. Just like romantic relationships, everyone needs their own space to grow into the individual they want to be and the more you congest your BFF, the more further they drift away. Being jealous has never been an attractive trait.

Be Realistic

Time differences can sometimes be a pain, but it’s manageable just don’t expect a reply to a text at 5AM within 5 seconds. Make do-able plans. Create visits based on each other’s schedule and don’t forget to alternate those visits. It’s a give and take, not a 1-way street.

At the end of the day the relationships you create with people whether they be romantic or not requires you to put in effort to keep the bond close and true. With distance, you must be willing to put in a little more of yourself and you need to make the decision who is worth that extra hard work… because no matter the distance, you’ll never be too far from your BFF when you keep each other close in your heart.

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3 Comments

  • Reply thetravelpockets

    Long distance relationships are definitely hard, but with technology it has made keeping in touch so much easier. But I have to say that I’ve been guilty of not picking up the phone because of this. I’m older, so back in the day before emails, I used to mail letters to my friends. I loved picking out the stationary and sending photos. And they still have those letters till this day. And so do I 🙂

    April 29, 2016 at 5:06 AM
    • Reply Glenda

      I’ve always loved to write letters to my friends, I find it to be most thoughtful and I love picking out cute stationary. Hecks, I still do! I have a list of friends that I’m actually going to be mailing out letters soon! I’m actually super excited for this. Is that bad? haha

      April 29, 2016 at 6:05 AM
  • Reply Diana

    I want my best friend to read this. Haha! I think that nowadays, long distance friendship should be easier since there’s technology that helps us communicate with one another. However, it could also be hard especially when you and your friends see each other being online all the time but not interacting. It can get really upsetting. But with your tips, I think this will help people realize and understand that sometimes, we just need to grow up and set our priorities. <3

    April 29, 2016 at 4:40 PM
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