There are times where friendships undergo shifts and changes. One of the changes may include a change of address and suddenly you find yourself having a long distance relationship with the person you were used to having around all the time. Below are some tips that may help maintain a close relationship despite the miles that separate.
Communicate in some way every day: Since you will not be seeing each other, it is important to establish and maintain an emotional connection. These do not always have to be long, in-depth conversations. Tell each other about your little triumphs and tragedies. Ask for advice. Use a email or Skype for real-time chat in order to create a visual connection.
Reminders: Set up reminders in your calendar on your cell or computer. This is to ensure that you remember the important events such as birthdays etc.
Try and Visit: Try to make the time to visit each other as often as possible or as often as your budget permits you to. A relationship cannot thrive if the only thing you have is the phone call. You need to see each other up close whenever you have a chance. Consistency can help a long-distance relationship survive.
Be positive: Staying positive and not focusing on the negative aspects of a long-distance relationship is essential to keeping your relationship blooming. Another positive point is that long distance dating pushes both of you to be more creative, to communicate better since you do not have “face-to-face” time.
Work towards a balanced relationship: A relationship must be built on strong foundations of trust, understanding and determination to make it work. Try and remain reasonable about your expectations and willing to cooperate so that the relationship can lead to a happy ending.
Remember that you are still in a relationship: You HAVE to be there for your friend. If your friend is ever in trouble or hurt – you have to be there for them.