Aristotle once said: “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.”

Friendships have been found to be vital for wellbeing, and really help with one’s health! If moving to new places, it really helps to have people around you, even to be able to chat to on the phone to give you some comfort.

But friendships can be hard – we all know this!

Friendships take time to develop, they can’t be manufactured or forced. And friends move away – these things happen! When you leave university, you’re bound to move apart from many of the bestest friends you made whilst studying, and of course making the most of those three or four sociable years!

This is one of the hardest times. Everyone is so busy, job searching, celebrating, holidays, settling into new jobs, moving to new cities. But don’t forget – A true best friend will still be there in the long run! No matter how long it takes you all to settle into your new home and job, no matter how long you go without texting or speaking properly with just the odd quick message, and how long between visits – If they’re a true best friend, that next time you meet up it will be like nothing has ever changed, and it was only yesterday you were together! These friends are friends for life!

So don’t fret. Don’t worry your little cottons. Make the most of trying new hobbies and trying to meet more people, because true friends will still be there when you’re both/all free to meet up.

This weekend I went to see my Best Friend from university. I hadn’t seen her since July last year. A little worried it might be a little awkward, but deep down knowing we would obviously be fine, I journeyed down to Bath for Friday evening and Saturday.

It was amazing! We didn’t stop talking, so much catching-up to do, we had a giggle, watched films, pampered ourselves with facemasks. It was as though nothing had changed – because nothing really had between us. Yes we’re 3 hours apart, and both super busy. But having made plans for the next few months, I know deep down, she’s a friend for life and we’ll always be there for each other no matter what!