Camille Styles

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6 Tips for Maintaining Strong Long Distance Relationships

September 11th, 2018

If you’re just now joining the conversation, we’ve been talking a lot about social media around here — the good, the bad, the airbrushed — and one point that’s come up a lot is the extent to which Facebook and Instagram can make us feel close to others, when we might not actually be. When we see the highlights of the people we know, are we really keeping in touch? It can certainly feel like it, but when it comes to truly maintaining deep and meaningful friendships, a “like” just doesn’t cut it.

Most of my family, including my sister, lives across the world, and one of my very best friends is in the UK. Believe it or not, social media doesn’t play a role in our keeping in touch at all. Instead, it’s the frequent phone calls and consistent communication that have kept our relationships strong for years. But there’s more to it than that. Here are my 6 tips for keeping your most far-away people feeling close.

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  1. Maureen says:

    One of my bestfriends lives across the country. We have been unable to visit each other since my wedding which is coming on 20 yrs ago. We talk and write and we enjoy conversations that go on for almost 2 hours. It is so nice because we pick up right where we left off. I treasure it.

  2. Eva says:

    I have a few friends scattered around the country and I miss them so much! I think it’s so important to pick up the phone, I find that these days casual texts and Insta messages just don’t cut it anymore. Thanks for the reminder of what’s important <3

    Eva |

  3. Katie says:

    These are such great tips, especially the one about making traditions! After college, many of my friends spread throughout the world, which is amazing but also hard! One of my goals is to get better at keeping up with them. Thanks for posting!
    | Katie Actually |

  4. Andrea says:

    Great post and beautiful photos! FaceTime is such an awesome tool to have for long distance relationships and should definitely be utilized!

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