Long distance relationships are tough. No one wants to be miles away from the person they love, right? (And if you do, it might be time to rethink the relationship!)
If you’re looking for ways to stay connected, our experts are offering up their best advice. Here are 10 tips to help you stay close in your long distance relationship:
1. Doing things together, while you’re apart
Technology is a godsend for long distance relationships! A shared, virtual activity can be your “date night.” Watch a Netflix show together in real time, try cooking the same dinner recipe, or choose a fun, distance-friendly gift for you both to use.
2. Scheduling time to hang out
Random phone calls are great, but it’s also important to schedule time together. Maybe you both order a pizza while hanging out on Zoom or plan a Facetime call before bed. Making time for each other gives you both something to look forward to when you’re feeling extra lonely.
3. Finding the right amount of communication
Be completely open about how much communication you need. Do you prefer occasional check-ins or constant texts and calls throughout the day? Long distance relationships require a lot of trust and patience, and being on the same page about communication helps maintain both.
4. Going old school
Texting and emailing are convenient, but aren’t necessarily the best ways to express emotion. How about writing a love letter? It’s a unique, fun way to convey passion that’s hard to express over the glare of a computer screen. You can also use a mail forwarding service to get it delivered.
5. Respecting the reason for being apart
No matter your reason for being apart, it shouldn’t cause any animosity between the two of you. If you’re committed enough to stay together despite the distance, you should be committed to respecting the reason for it.
6. Setting boundaries
Since you’re not physically together, you’ll need to keep an open mind about their life without you (as hard as that can be). Setting realistic boundaries helps you better understand each other’s needs and expectations.
7. Enjoying your personal life
It’s tough not having your partner there, but it’s still important to have fun by yourself. Make plans with friends, make time for a little self-care, and find ways to be happy on your own.
8. Meeting up
The best part of any long distance relationship is the reunion! Scheduling your in-person time together is absolutely essential to maintain a physical connection.
9. Talking about your future
You don’t want to be long distance forever, right? Making a plan reminds you that it’s not a permanent situation, which really helps on those extra rough days.
10. Getting some help
If you’re in need of a little help, there are so many resources available, from relationship coaches to support groups. Reaching out to a professional can be intimidating, but they have the insight, tools, and resources you need to stay connected with your partner and keep your relationship healthy and happy.
A long distance relationship isn’t always easy, but it’s 100% doable if you put in the effort. You may be apart physically, but with the above tips, you’ll feel a closeness just as satisfying!