Make future plans.
Williamson suggests: “Think outside the box and get some exciting things booked in to look forward to.”
Let them in!
“Share your life with them, let them know what’s going on with you; the ups, the downs, the seemingly trivial decisions you need to make – include them in the process and ask for their advice. And make sure you reciprocate this by asking about their life,” advises Williamson.
Send them little gifts, especially if you don’t live close by
“I have a friend who lives far away, so we often send each other our favourite chocolate bars in the post – just a little thoughtful gesture to let them know we’re thinking about them,” she says.
What types of friendship can best survive periods of inactivity?
“There are many different types of friendships,” says Williamson. “You’ve got the ‘best friend’ – probably someone you’ve known a long time, but really it’s just someone who is there for you, without judgement, no matter what, through thick and thin, and you are there for them in turn. It’s a very important relationship, on par with a romantic partner.
“There’s also ‘the listener’ – the confidant we go to when we need an ear. The friend who will listen to us, non-judgmentally and will give us the time to hear what we’ve got to say, and offer up solutions with a big dollop of empathy/sympathy where required.
“Finally, we’ve all got the ‘going out friend’ – the fun mate you go to when you want to let your hair down and cut loose. This is the friend you associate with just having a great time – you vibe on a particular level that may not be the deepest of friendships, but they’re bloody brilliant for a drink and a dance!”