Unfortunately, many people take friendships for granted. Like any type of relationship, it also requires time and effort from you, especially if you want to keep it despite the distance.
Here are 6 amazing manners on how to nurture a long-distance friendship:
1. Communicate often. One of the first things that fall in a long-distance relationship is communication. Reduce it, and the fondness and longing will no longer be there. If she needs help, she does not run to you anymore. She won’t even tell you when she’s back in town.
With the many communication technologies you can use today, maintaining your line of communication is no longer difficult. You may call her, text her, send her an email, or chat with her. You can even create a blog, which she can read to keep her updated about you; then she can simply comment.
2. Do something special. How would you like to be treated on your birthday or your day of promotion? Surely, you want to feel extra special. Well, your friend requires the same feeling too, especially when she’s several miles away from some of her loved ones. So do make an effort to let her feel that. Instead of sending her regular e-mails or electronic cards, why not order flowers for her or send her present certificates to her favorite store? Visit her. There will certainly be times when online communication is not enough. You would wish both of you can really sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and catch up on things? Why not just do that? She will surely love your existence, especially in times when she truly wants a real friend nearby.
4. Just because she’s oceans away doesn’t really mean you cannot pursue the same things together. Here’s an example. Both of you can take a trip to your favorite destination or to a place you have always loved to explore. You can just decide to meet each other up there. If you’re excited about learning a language, you can enrol in the identical online school; then perhaps at least a few times a week, you can test how much you’ve learned by speaking or writing it to each other. Don’t cross the line. Friendships are still bound by limitations. If your friend decides not to discuss something from you, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t want you anymore. She simply wants to keep something. Avoid jealousy. Your friend is surely going to meet plenty of new folks out there. She is going to have her own group of friends, and it’s easy for you to get jealous. Don’t. You need to let her grow. Instead, be thankful that there are people who can be with her when you can’t.
Controlling your jealousy isn’t a simple thing to do, however, so use affirmations or subliminal messages to help influence your mind into thinking positive things. Select those who tackle about friendships and jealousy, then allow their messages to grow on you.