When it comes to friendship, distance no longer needs to be a barrier. The digital age and social media have helped long distance friends to feel close – even without close geographical proximity.
Basically, if a friend who lives close to you is going through a rough patch, then it’s relatively easy to show your support.
All of these things can help ensure that your friend knows that they are loved and cared for – and that you are there for them every step of the way.
Most of the “conventional” ways to support friends through hard times require your actual physical presence. When friends live hundreds of miles away it’s hard to offer help. Even talking by cellphone regularly can be challenging – if time zones are a factor.
If a beloved long distance friend is struggling, then the first temptation will be to see if you can find time for a visit.
However, you may experience scheduling issues – and be unable to leave your home at-will.
Plus, visits may actually create some stress for your friend – if they are the type who does all they can to be a “hostess with the mostest”.
If you check with your friend, and they agree that a visit would be much appreciated, then you can start to make arrangements to travel.
Be sure to give both yourself and your friend enough time to plan for the visit – so it works comfortably into each of your schedules. After all, you don’t want the visit to cause resentment or unnecessary stress.
Plus, if you can afford it, then it’s usually best to book a hotel rather than stay with your friend.
If visiting in person isn’t possible for any reason, then you’ll need to explore alternative ways of showing support.
Many people find that video calls are preferable to phone calls or text messages when it comes to talking openly with one another. So arranging a time to sit together and talk over a webcam can be a great way of replicating in-person support across the miles.
When it comes to supporting long distance friends through a rough patch, distance undeniably poses its challenges. However, there are ways to be there for them – ensuring that your friend feels the strength of your love and support when they need it most.
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