It’s no secret that long-distance relationships are hard, even in the age of Skyping and texting. Technology can’t make up for everything, and not being physically near your significant other can be really emotionally tough, but not impossible. As the old saying goes, distance makes the heart grow fonder, and with these tips on making a long-distance relationship work, your relationship can be closer and stronger than ever.
Prioritize your time together
Different work schedules, time zones, and more can cause harm to even the closest couples when it comes to making time to communicate with each other. Coordinate with your significant other. Together, figure out when both of you can devote private, unrushed time to just talk to each other and whether you want to set a certain time each day or play it by ear day by day. No matter the communication agreement, as long as it is mutually beneficial, you and your significant other can have time to talk to each other and feel supported.
Do things together even though you’re apart
Just because you aren’t physically together in the same place doesn’t mean you can’t have fun together. You can plan a movie night together where you watch the same movie via Skype or Facetime, even when you’re in different places. Binge-watching shows or reading books together and discussing them is a great way to make you feel closer to your significant other.
Don’t rely solely on technology
Skype, Facetime, texting, and all of the other amazing things technology can do have made it so much easier to stay in contact with your loved one. But there is something special about having something physical that reminds you of your significant other. Whether it’s a sweatshirt, a necklace, or an unexpected gift, something tangible goes a long way when you are not physically near each other.
Be confident in your relationship
Insecurity in the relationship can lead to one person checking in or calling too often, and excessive calls for the wrong reasons can lead to some unnecessary tension. When communication is hijacked by insecurity, the anxious partner will never be completely reassured, which can lead to wrongful accusations. Having trust in each other and the relationship will only make it stronger.
Set an end date
A long-distance relationship can be great for a finite amount of time, but eventually, most of us want to be in the same place as our partner. It helps the entire situation when both of you are certain when that will happen. When you are both equally committed to the relationship and on the same page, you should have a conversation about how long the situation will last and what the future plan is.