4 Long Distance Friendship Survival Tips

4 Long Distance Friendship Survival Tips

In today's day and age, there are more ways than ever to keep long distance friendships alive.

A long distance friendship may seem difficult, and even stressful to maintain. Whether the reason is going away to college, relocating for a job, or for love, there comes a point in time when we will not have our best friends within a matter of miles from us. Unfortunately, different circumstances can test the interpersonal relationships that you have with these people. You won't be running into one another because of the physical distance between you, for instance; a multitude of miles between all parties involved could add a small damper to your relationship.

However, that does not mean one should give up on a friendship due to the said distance between those involved. In today's day and age, there are more ways than ever to keep long distance friendships alive. Here is a list of long distance friendship survival tips to keep you and your friends as close as possible despite the physical separation between you.

1. Take Advantage of the Technology Available to You

Despite the stigma surrounding the constant use of technology, it is the quickest and most convenient way to keep in touch. Take advantage of text messaging, video chatting and social media platforms to stay in contact and up to date in each other's lives.

2. Keep Track of the Little Details

Know their schedule. Remember the little details about them that you have learned before being separated by distance. Notice when they tend to be the least busy in case you want to surprise them with a spontaneous phone call or even a visit.

3. Sending Gifts and Care Packages

Remember their favorite things or find something that reminds you of them and throw together a care package. Sending these back in forth will not only make everyone happy but will help to keep the friendship alive and well.

4. Counting Down The Days Until You Are Reunited

Whether it be a small get-together or going on a trip, being reunited with friends after an extended period of time apart is very exciting. Not only do you get to see how you all grew and changed but you also get to create more memories. The only downside: the days go slower as you count down to seeing them. Remember to keep your head held high and that you will see them soon!

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7 Things That Happen If You Are In A Long Distance Friendship

People say long distance relationships are hard, but that is nothing compared to your best friend living on an opposite coast.

College is a time of meeting new people and experiencing new walks of life. However, that doesn't mean that you leave all your old friends in the past. Often times, we keep those friendships close, despite the physical distance between us being too far apart.

1. Your sleep schedule won’t make sense to anyone else who lives around you

Timezones can be a pain when your friends live in one different than you, even worse when you have multiple friends in several different time zones. Whether it's waking up at four a.m. or staying up until that late just so you can rave about the new season of Stanger Things, you are willing to do almost anything to continue the friendship. No matter your sleep schedule though, those around you won't understand why it is the way that it is.

The important thing is that you know why and never feel inconvenienced by it.

2. You pretend that your friend lives down the street rather than miles away

Sometimes, a good way of coping with a distance is acting like it's not there. Sending messages to your friend saying "Be over in five for a movie night" won't seem odd to send despite knowing that there are so many miles in between you and them. It's a way of dealing with distance because you both know that you'd do it in a heartbeat if you physically could.

3. But then the distance feels even farther when they are upset

When your friend is upset, most likely you get upset as well. Who doesn't want to beat up their friend's ex-partner or give them a long hug after a bad day? Everyone, that's who. And when you are too far away to either, it definitely makes it harder. Though, you know being there, even if electronically, can still be helpful.

4. You have to explain to anyone around you who you are constantly messaging

If you have a friend who's long distance, you most likely are keeping up with them at a fairly constant rate. That leads to the constant questioning of why your phones blew up with notifications from people from other states or countries. At times, you don't even know how to explain who you are messaging because you know you'll go on a rant about how great your friend is, despite the distance.

5. Around any holiday, Amazon is your best friend.

Honestly, the stress of holiday shopping is taken off your shoulders a bit when Amazon is in the picture. You don't need to pay a ridiculous amount for shipping a gift while also having access to almost any gift you could want to get for your friends. Unboxing the gifts together on video call might not be as good as in person, but you can't help but be thankful online shopping.

6. You have downloaded multiple Apps solely for keeping updated on your friend’s life

It's important to know everything about your friend's current situation since you are not physically around them to know. That means having your Weather Channel app tracking a city you've never been to while downloading a social media you don't even use just because your friend likes it. Most importantly, there is the Countdown app you downloaded solely so you know how long until you see your friend again.

7. The everlasting hug when you meet up again finally

The best moment of your long distance friendship is when the long distance status can be put on hold for even a moment. The hug that you have when you finally get to be physically with your favorite person again? It makes all the 4 a.m. video calls, lonely days, and downloaded apps worth it. You realize how strong your friendship is if it can hold up despite the distance.

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