Long-distance relationships can be tough, but they’re certainly not impossible.
Long distance relationships are no joke. Long distance is a very crucial barrier to sustaining a loving relationship with someone. But fortunately for us modern loves, technology has managed to bridge the gap substantially for people to maintain lines of communication despite the distance. We live in an age where it’s now possible for us to instantly engage in a discussion with someone on the other side of the world with just a few clicks of a button. The age of smartphones and computers have really made it easy for us to make contact with people who aren’t exactly within the same vicinity as us and that’s great.
But still, despite the amazing advancements in technology, long distance relationships are still tough. There’s just something about not being able to be physically near the person you’re love that somehow makes things feel somewhat incomplete and insufficient. No amount of video chatting or text messaging in the world will be enough to make up for the power of an actual physical touch.
But not to say that long distance relationships are impossible. They’re difficult, but couples can still make the most out of them. Here are a few tips to helping you survive your long distance relationship with your loved one.
1. The first tip is fairly obvious: make use of all the technologies at your disposal to be in contact with one another.
Skype one another. Facetime. Facebook messenger. There are so many platforms and so many tools that you can use to constantly update each other on your individual lives apart. Distance is no longer an excuse for you to not talk to one another.
2. Establish a certain ritual or routine that they both of you could share with one another.
This routine could be something as simple as texting one another right away when you wake up in the morning or just before you’re about to fall asleep. These rituals and routines offer a feeling of stability, order, and consistency in your sporadic lives.
3. Constantly keep each other updated and remind one another of your plans for the future and that the current distance is only a temporary setback.
Long distance relationships are tough and they are emotionally exhausting a lot of the time. But you shouldn’t let that phase you. Constantly remind one another that whatever hardships your relationship is going through at the moment is only temporary. Remind each other that your future is going to be bright and you only need to make the most out of the present.
4. Carve time out for yourselves to really talk about your feelings and your thoughts on everyday life.
Build emotional connections with each other by baring your souls. Be as communicative as possible to compensate for the physical distance that has been set between you. Really allow yourselves to be vulnerable to your partner when expressing yourself.
5. Aside from expressing yourself to your partner, make sure that you are always paying attention and listening to your partner intently.
Also make it a point to really pay attention to what your partner is trying to tell you. Pay attention to your partner’s needs and really hear one another out. Communication is always a two-way street and you can’t afford to be selfish.
6. Make sure your partner knows if you are going to be too busy working on something for you to be able to be in constant communication with them.
You’re not always going to have the time to be in constant communication with your partner. You still have your individual life to worry about. Whenever you become a little busy, tell your partner and make sure they understand that you need some time for yourself.
7. Use mobile apps or laptop games to engage in some fun together.
For typical couples, it’s always important to have shared hobbies or mutual interests that they can engage in together. It shouldn’t be any different for long distance couples. Play some online games with one another just to keep things light and fun.
8. Use your technology to be sexually intimate with one another.
If the both of you are sexually active in your relationship, you shouldn’t let distance get in the way of the both of you being intimate with one another. You can still have active sex lives by making use of technology. Don’t be afraid to send your significant other the occasional naught text message every once in a while.
9. Send one another meaningful gifts or tokens just to manifest your thoughtfulness for your partner.
Make use of airmail. For example, send your partner a book that reminded you of them. It’s a simple gesture that carries a lot of emotional weight.
10. Be creative.
You don’t have to limit yourselves to these tips. You have your own unique individual personalities and you know one another best. Find the things that you find works for your relationship and experiment a little bit. Build on your bond for one another.