How to Keep Meaningful Relationships While Living Miles Apart

Living far away from the people you care about can be extremely difficult. Both parties get caught up in their own lives. Not being able to see each other in person can sometimes diminish relationships. There are some precautionary steps you can to take to maintain successful relationships while living away. 

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Face to face communication is the best form of communication in my opinion. The use of FaceTime or video communication platforms gives you the ability to see and talk to your loved ones. Try to make it a priority to connect via video once every one to two weeks. An even better option is to have a call “scheduled” at the same time each week. This way neither of you will have to worry about catching the other at a bad time. 

Another helpful tool is to shoot them a quick text whenever possible. Getting texts out of the blue reminds them that you care and want to know what’s going on in their lives. It isn’t vital to be in constant communication with the other. Everyone gets busy, but connecting quickly over a text or email can make all of the difference. 

Social Media is Your Friend

In modern times, there is a surplus of apps and social media platforms that encourage communication. Use those to your advantage! Show them some support on their latest Instagram post or Snapchat story. If they are active sharers on social media, you can keep up with their life and use their posts as conversation starters. 

“How are you doing Becky? Did you have a fun weekend on the lake?” 

Plan Visits

Finally, plan a trip to see them if it’s feasible. The most difficult part of traveling is the planning. Setting a date is the first step, and after that’s settled, it will be relatively easy. When life is flying by it can be difficult to find the time, but it will be well worth it when you can. 

As long as you are taking the time to invest into your relationships the rest will come naturally! 

Sarah Ambuehl

Lifestyle Writer

Sarah is a Marketing Major with a Global Business Minor. Aspiring to travel the world and help others along the way through nonprofit work. She enjoys exploring new places, photography, painting, and caring for her plant babies.

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