Ways To Keep Your Long-Distance Friendship Strong

Transitioning from seeing someone nearly every day to a long-distance friendship (relationship) can be stressful, even if it’s for happy reasons. Moving away from your support system is scary. And if you’re worried about maintaining your friendships from afar, those feelings are valid.

How do you survive when the person who knows you best lives thousands of miles away? 

Here are few ideas that may help ease the pain and make the distance feel a little more bearable.

Schedule regular (or at least weekly) video calls.

Pick a day and time that usually always works for both (or all) of you. Call each other regularly on those days to check in, see how things are going, share news, or just talk about the random things that friends talk about normally.

Sometimes the video chats between friends can turn into y’all just staring at the screen, making funny faces and snapping pictures. Other times it turns into a gossip fest where you start talking about people you haven’t seen or heard from in years.

Don’t leave your friends on read.

Some friends can talk and chat all day long. Others, not so much. However, it is important to ensure that you do not leave your friends (especially the long-distance ones) on read for too long. Not returning calls and texts, or it can put a strain on a relationship because there’s an imbalance.

It’s okay to have a lag in response every now and then, but you ultimately should be getting back to your friends. Think about your friendships, and notice if things are one sided. And know that ghosting the chat has consequences.

Watch movies & shows together.

Who doesn’t love to relax and unwind while watching their favorite TV show or movie? Why not use this time to watch something together, and in sync!

Pick a movie or a show, and watch it at the same time and message each other your thoughts throughout the entire thing. It’ll be as if your BFF is right by your side annoyingly asking you all the spoiler questions that you undoubtedly have no clue of yourself!

Play online games together.

It’ll just be like going to the arcade!

Playing the same game on your favorite console or device is a great way to have fun together wherever you are. Whether it’s an immersive first-person shooter, massively multiplayer online or even a simple app, there are so many options that you’re bound to find something that suits both of you. 

Some examples can be Ludo King, Plato, Among Us, and so on.

The cover of the video game Among Us

Give each other mini surprise gifts.

This is a great way to let a friend know how much they mean to you and that you’re thinking about them. 

The sharing of gifts is a beautiful experience and there are some great long distance themed options to help build upon your friendship.

You might not be able to call them up and say, “Hey, let me take you to brunch this weekend,” but you can still express your love in this manner.

Keep up to date with everyday life, including the small stuff.

New job offers, new love interests — those types of things will come up in any conversation you have with your BFF. But talk about the not so game-changing things, too, like something interesting you witnessed that day at work or how you can’t seem to break free from your current obsession.

Knowing the more random things about one another’s days will help you feel like no one (in the whole world) knows your BFF better than you do.

Send your friend a physical letter or a postcard.

Many traditional ways of communicating, like handwritten letters, are becoming less popular in the digital age. In an age when technology has basically taken over every second of every day of our lives, take the time to hand-make something for your best friend.

Send them a written letter or a postcard so they can add it to their collection of BFF mementos. Plus, nothing says “I care about you” like a hand-made anything.

Have faith in your friendship.

Friendships aren’t like plants that die if you neglect them for a long weekend. They’re built on trust, hugs, and memories. If you put time, care, and faith into a friendship, you can always come back to it.

Understand that distance is just a test of your friendship and you have to outshine it with bright colors.

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