How to make long-distance relationships work

Being in a relationship is already hard enough as it is, but can you imagine being in a long-distance relationship? If you want to give it your best shot, below are a few ideas to get you on the right track.

Be confident

So, there’s a bit of distance between you and your partner. What of it? You’ve got this! Stay positive and believe that you can make it work.

Keep your jealousy in check

If your partner lives in a different place from you, they’ll be making new friends and forming new social networks. Don’t let your imagination get the better of you.

Stay in regular touch

If you can’t see each other often, the next best thing is to chat regularly. Stay up to date on what’s happening in each other’s lives to avoid feeling as though they’ve disappeared completely.

100% honesty

Trust is a must if your relationship is to stay robust. If it looks like you’re hiding something, your partner might feel suspicious, and suspicious minds invent all kinds of trouble.

Lay everything out on the table at the start

Everyone chooses to do long-distance relating differently. You might agree to talk every day, once a week or once a month. You might agree that sending texts at 3 am on a Saturday isn’t allowed. Whatever it is, make sure you’re both on the same page.

Make plans

We love to make plans, because it gives us something to look forward to. Plan a trip to go and visit your partner, or arrange a dinner date via Skype for next Friday night. Reservation for two, 8 pm?

Find the upside

Yes, long-distance relationships can be a real pain, but there are good things about them as well. You get all the support and love from being in a relationship, but you’ve still got lots of time to spend with your friends and to do the things that you want to do.

Surprise them

Some people love surprises. From receiving a random text that says ‘You’re awesome’, to having a delicious pizza delivered unexpectedly to your doorstep, surprises never get old. Keep things interesting by occasionally surprising your far-away partner.

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