Whether you and your bestie are getting on each other’s last nerves, or it’s summer vacation and school isn’t bringing you together every day, spending time apart can be a good thing for your friendship.

It doesn’t matter whether you fight like siblings or you’re ultimate #BFFgoals, all best friends need space to maintain a healthy dynamic.

We know it sounds daunting (and a little bit scary), but hear us out. Here are four ways you can benefit from spending time away from your BFF.

1. You’ll Be More Open to New People and Opportunities

Of course it’s easy to do the same thing every weekend with the same person, but remember what we told you last week about the problem with being too comfortable? If you don’t do anything that gets you out of your comfort zone, you’re never going to grow as a person, and your experiences will be limited. Being apart from your BFF for a short time will open the doors to fresh faces and potentially exciting new opportunities.

As people who have taken breaks from our besties, we can tell you how fulfilling it is to take on new adventures that we never saw coming. And when we say “fresh faces,” that includes potential S.O.s. It’s never a good idea to limit your social surroundings because you just never know what you may be shutting out!

Jughead and Betty in Riverdale

(Riverdale via The CW)

2. You’ll Have Time to Develop Your Own Identity

When you and your BFF are attached at the hip 24/7, people probably consider you a package deal. They probably don’t think about the fact that you love soccer or that you know the lyrics to every Drake song; they likely associate you with your other half.

Give people a chance to see you outside of that other person. You have a lot to offer, so spending time apart from your bestie will give you a chance to shine and let people actually get to know you. You’ll be surprised at how many people you have more in common with than you think.

Betty with a crazy look on her face

(Riverdale via The CW)

3. You’ll Learn Independence

Codependency can be a big problem in romantic relationships, but it happens in close friendships, too. You never want to feel like your whole world crumbles when you’re not with that one person. Taking time apart from your BFF will prepare you for the days when they’re out sick from school, or, heck, if they get into a relationship or become close friends with someone else.

It doesn’t matter who you are—you should always value the importance of independence. Being apart from your No. 1 will help you focus on yourself and your real priorities in life. No one should ever come before you.

Cheryl Blossom

(Riverdale via The CW)

4. You’ll Have a Chance to Miss Each Other

And the biggest perk of all…

Like we always say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. No, but really, it does. When you spend every waking moment with someone, you’ve already covered every bit of gossip, you’ve probably discussed the same topics multiple times and you’re so comfortable with each other that your mutual respect has naturally lessened.

Time apart will recharge those best friend vibes and have you in a much stronger place when you reunite.

Betty and Veronica talking to Archie after River Vixen's practice on Riverdale

(Riverdale via The CW)


Is this time apart from your pal just a break, or have you hit the end of the road? Click HERE to find out if a friendship is over for good!