If you have friends and family all over the country, there's a good chance that you don't see them nearly as often as you might prefer. As a result, you likely want to make sure that you keep in touch with them through ways other than face-to-face contact. Here are some creative ways that you can maintain your relationships with people that you do not see every day.

 1. Hang Out Electronically

One easy way to keep in touch with friends and family is to hang out online together. This goes beyond simply messaging each other during the day. Instead, consider using applications that will allow you to listen to the same playlist at the same time, knowing that you are perfectly synced up and enjoying the same moments of the song together. Use a service that allows you and your friend to watch TV shows or movies at the same time. Many of these services include messenger functions that let you react to what's going on in the movie or TV show. There are even services that let you send Snapchat stories to one another and view each other's at the exact same time. Set aside a few hours each week to try to connect with your long-distance loved ones through the magic of the Internet.

2. Make Sure Your Loved Ones Get Fun Mail

Everyone likes to get mail that's not bills or some other reminder of life's responsibilities. Commit with your loved one to sending each other something physical in the mail every week. There are tons of companies that you can pay to send your friends candy, cards full of confetti, or other fun items that you can pay for and then forget. You can order personalized greeting cards so that you always have something to send to a friend. You could send a story back and forth between you and your friend and add to it each time you receive it. Whatever you do, make sure that you get something in the mail.

3. Have a Coffee Date

Every week or so, commit to going to your friend's favorite coffee bar and have your friend do the same for you at the same time. Take pictures of yourself while you are doing it and send them to your friend, sit down on your favorite messaging app and spend some time typing to each other, or just call each other. Doing this will force you to take the time to actually communicate with your friend in a dedicated manner rather than haphazardly throughout the day.

For more information, talk to a company, such as Oannes Enterprises LLC,, that specializes in personalized greetings. They might even have postcards that have pre-printed stamps on them to send so that you don't have to even think about buying stamps to mail your friend or family member messages.