How to survive a long distance relationship…

How to survive a long distance relationship…

Being in a long distance relationship is one of the hardest things imaginable.

There are three things that are key to make your long distance relationship a success. The pain of long distance relationship is well known.  It can be so hard to maintain passion and strong feels when you’re hundreds of miles away.  There’s also the threat of becoming jealous that your partner is fooling around behind your back.  Here is how we can make long distance relationships work.

The first thing to remember is that you have to live your daily life as you normally would.  You’ve decided that you love your partner enough to maintain your relationship against the odds. This is a good sign.  Be sure your partner is also in it as well, because you don’t want to feel like you’re trying and your partner is not.  This can create resentment and wreak havoc on your relationship.

One good way of surviving a long distance relationship is to send each other little messages over email or Facebook.  This way, you feel more connected.  It doesn’t have to be long, in fact, you kind of do want lots of little short messages to make you feel like the relationship is still alive and well.  Don’t be annoying about it and send a text every hour, though.  That would make you seem desperate.

Try to have one good phone conversation a week.  My experience is to not schedule it every week, but to make it fit your schedules.  The reason for that is if you pick one specific day where you’ll call each other, what happens if your partner can’t?  You’ll feel they’re avoiding you.  The most important part of surviving a long term relationship is to minimize the occasions where there could be a misunderstanding.

Now, the heart of a long distance relationship is the anticipation of seeing each other again.  Don’t do this too soon after you move away.  You want absence to make your partner’s heart grow fonder.  If they spend most of their time fantasizing about what it will be like to see you again, well, we know how much fun building anticipation can be.

When you do see each other, be sure to make it a special occasion and do something extravagant or wild.  Don’t just make it sitting around the house and watching TV.  You’ll bore each other, and when your partner heads back to their life, they’ll wonder why they left it in the first place.  Don’t let that happen.

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