It takes a special kind of couple to have a successful long distance relationship. Keeping romance alive when you see each other only a few times each year is really tough, especially if you have thousands of miles separating you. Even with all the distance it is possible to make it work.
Meetings Well in Advance
Every time you or your significant other leaves town, you should have a good idea of when your next meeting will be. This gives you something to look forward to and is a definite end to the next period of separation. Most people find it much easier to handle being separated if they know when they will see each other again. It’s also important to have a plan for being together permanently. Even if it will be years before you’ll be able to live together, working toward that goal can help you grow closer together emotionally.
Not being able to see each other frequently is rough on a relationship, but spending time communicating as much as possible makes the separation easier. Using long distance phone calls are a great way to communicate because there are few things better than waking up or falling asleep to the voice of your loved one. You can also send text messages and emails to keep each other up-to-date on the happenings of your everyday lives. Sharing pictures and sending small gifts also goes a long way toward keeping your relationship fresh and making your special someone feel loved.
Keep Communication Open
It’s easy to avoid talking about unpleasant things when you’re far from the one you love, but keeping things in will only harm your relationship. Remember that misunderstandings happen, especially when you’re communicating in text form and don’t have the benefit of hearing a laugh or tone of voice along with the words. It’s best to discuss any issues you have as soon as possible so they don’t become big problems as your relationship progresses.
Trust your Partner
Jealousy happens even in the most stable relationships, but it is magnified in long-distance relationships because you don’t really know what your love is doing or who they are talking to when you’re not there. Instead of focusing on what your partner is not doing, focus on what you can do to make your relationship stronger. If you’re really struggling with trusting your partner, you may not be able to handle a long-distance relationship.
Dating Symbol’s guest author today is Lyndsi Decker who is a freelance writer. Currently she is promoting Bell.ca home phones. She is also a student and blogs about relationships. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.