You'd think making time for friends would be easy. But in our hectic worlds, life has a funny way of running away from us. Before we know it weeks have gone by and we haven't seen our favourite person, let alone picked up the phone for a chat!

To be honest, I can't believe I lived in Dubai for 3 whole years (time really does fly) and when I look back on my time there I think I did an 'OK' job of keeping in touch with those that mean the most to me, but I'm not going to lie it wasn't always easy. Combine the time difference, busy days at work, and the vast 4000 miles between one another and communication, at times, appeared to get a little lost in translation. 

However, distance made me realise just how important friendships are and now that I'm back in the UK I'm determined to get better at this whole balancing act. It's not always easy but you have to make time for your friends. They bring far too much joy and giggles to simply forget about.

So, here are few hints and tips I've picked up since I've been back on how to keep in touch with your friends.

Pick a date

It may seem like this is a given but how many of you don't actually put an official date in your diary? I expect you usually just end your text with 'we must catch up soon!' and guess what? I bet you hardly ever do. You may think that writing down a date is a bit too formal but we're all grown-ups now and we're all busy with commuting timetables, meetings, gym classes, and parenting duties etc. These things all contribute to why planning is essential. Yes, it will feel odd at first but you're less likely to let each down if it's written in black and white in front of you, even if it's weeks away. Plus it's a good excuse to get a shiny new diary!

Thinking of them

With the rise of social media it can seem like you're always in touch with your friends through simply liking each others Instagram photos or commenting on their Facebook status. As much as I'd always rather spend quality time with someone the reality is sometimes you physically can't, especially if you're going through a particularly busy period. So, although you may not be able to see each other in person there are always ways to let them know you're thinking of them - rather than just pressing that 'like' button. How about sending them a little gift in the post or go old skool with a letter - it doesn't need to be anything big, it can simply be a little something to let them know your thinking of them and most importantly, that you haven't forgotten about them (even if you haven't managed to meet up just yet). Trust me, they will absolutely love you for it.

Roses in a basket - how to make time for friends

Take the pressure off

Who says you need to go out for a big night out to enjoy each other's company? Why not just pop in for a cup of tea and slice of cake or the latest Netflix series? Sometimes we underestimate the pure joy of just being with one another. You don't always need a fancy dinner, bottle of wine or a crowded bar. The best bit? You can whip your hair up in a top knot and wear your favourite pair of joggers (complete with food stains) and no one is going to judge you!

Pay for something before hand

We all know that you're less likely to bail out of something if you've paid for something way in advance. Make use of Groupon (everyone loves a bargain!) and plan/pay for something beforehand. Not only will it give you both something to look forward to but you'll have a fixed date in the calendar and no shock bill at the end!

Rose in a vase - how to make time for friends

Do you find it hard to stay in touch with your friends whilst trying to be a responsible adult? Friends are so so important, they make everything that bit more brighter and so should be celebrated and cherished more often.

What do you do when you realise you haven't seen your bestie in a while? As always let me know in the comments below! But before you do that pick up the phone and give your friend a call. You'll feel better instantly. 

Love, Becky x

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