Although the world is now like a global village, most couples dread long-distance relationships (LDR). But that is only before they end up in one and are left with no choice. Life is not a bed of roses and the human mind is a complex maze. Couples involved in an LDR realise the incredible vastness of Earth and the accompanying difficulties.
How do I make a long distance relationship work? How do I survive a long-distance relationship?
Although a long-distance relationship is not ideal, all is not lost. With the right compatibility, understanding and communication, you can have a relationship that can grow stronger and survive the test of time. So read ahead to find out some ways to make your long-distance relationship last.
Top Ways To Make Your Long-Distance Relationship Last
1. Up your communication game
When you’re in a new long-distance relationship, you might find it convenient to drop each other text messages throughout the day. But with time you realise that it is not the best way to keep in touch. If you’re a student, employee or business owner, it’s difficult to find the time to type long messages without typos or write exactly what you mean. To prevent conflicts arising from miscommunication, you should prioritise voice or video calls over text messages.
2. Schedule your time together
If you’re expecting your partner to always be available to receive your calls, then it’s high time that you stop living in that bubble. You’re both busy, have your own lives and the time difference can be an added problem. You can’t compare your life as childhood friends or classmates with your life as ambitious professionals or parents. You need to create a schedule together over call or e-mail and specify your preferred time for catching up. During that scheduled time you should be each other’s top priority. Treat it like a daily habit like brushing your teeth!
In case you fail to pick up the scheduled video or phone call, you can always make up for your missed time with a well-written message or voice note explaining why. You can also go that extra mile and deliver doughnuts or chocolates to apologise.
3. Send care packages
Online communication with gifs, photos and voice notes is fun but lacks the warmth of physical proximity. If situations place you in a difficult position where you only get to see each other annually or biannually, it can get really frustrating and upsetting. While there’s no substitute for physical meetups, sometimes care packages and gifts can sustain a relationship. Handwritten letters or picture postcards when packed with things that your partner likes can be the most thoughtful gifts. You can also get two pieces of the same thing like woollen socks and the feeling of twinning can bring a smile to your face! Gifts are generally a good reminder of your physical presence.
4. Watch movies/ play games together
Now there are websites that allow you to watch videos and stream shows at the same time with your partner. Choose a movie that you’ve both been keen on watching, grab a tub of sea salt popcorn, and watch and chat while streaming. You can also play FIFA, snooker and other online games remotely. It’s a great way to have fun and spend some quality time together.
5. Plan to see each other
You may have improved your communication skills and are enjoying each other’s company virtually but for most couples knowing that you’ll see each other in the future is a different drive. Try to plan for a getaway when you both have the time. Maybe that’ll also be when you can discuss the future of your relationship and get rid of the distance for good.
Long Distance Relationships can be like a litmus test for your relationship. But if you follow these points you could achieve a sustainable relationship!
Are you or have you been in a long-distance relationship before? Do you have any tips to add to this?
*Disclosure: Collaborative Post
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