In this social media age, it may seem that maintaining a long-distance relationship would be easier. However, you need to know the fact about long-distance relationships is that technology can’t make up for everything. The lack of regular physical proximity still seems to make many long-distance relationships as emotionally tough as ever.
So, how to survive your long-distance relationship? Thankfully, there are specific considerations that will improve your chances of healthy, lasting love. Here are certain tips to keep in mind for a successful long-distance relationship.
Tips For Long Distance Relationship
1. Respecting The Reason Behind Long Distance Relation
There are so many reasons that couples are a part, and most of them are not voluntary, whether it’s work, school, money, or family, it’s important that you respect the reason that you two are apart.
Most of the time we don’t have much control over where we live, so making your partner feel guilty about not being near you is not a great idea.
Sometimes couples are apart because they’re in the early stages of a relationship. In these situations, it’s more important to respect the reasons for staying apart.
You don’t want to rush your partner to move to your city or to feel comfortable with you moving to theirs if it is too early in the relationship.
Respect that you are apart for now, and try to make the most of it by embracing creative ways to communicate and grow your bond.
2. Doing Things Together
Even when you and your partner stay far away from each other, whether it’s in different cities or even different countries, it’s important to find ways to spend time together.
With the help of technology, it is to do things together from different places. All the online streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and whatever else you watch on, provide hours and hours of content that you and your partner can binge together.
Further, newer platforms like Netflix Party even allow you and your partner to sync your tv/movie streaming so that you are watching together in real time.
Watching things together is a great way to connect over new things, and it can be a great way to keep your conversations fresh and flowing.
Alternatively, you can challenge each other to online games. Facebook has plenty of games, as do other sites, offering games like UNO and 8 ball pool.
There are plenty of apps on the market that let you share your exercise goals and achievements with one another, and there are even ways to compete remotely.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what movies you watch, what games you play, or what exercise challenges win, doing these activities is about finding fun ways to connect to your partner in a long-distance relationship.
3. Trust Each Other
The only thing that helps relationships last long is trust. Remember, the work to build and keep trust goes both ways. Can you count on your partner in ways big and small? Are they there for the phone call when they said they’d be? Do they stick to the plans you both, or do they routinely push back the date, because work got too busy?
Further, do they remember what’s important to you, and listen in ways that make you feel heard and understood, or does each new conversation feel separate, like they weren’t paying attention last time, or like their mind is somewhere else altogether? All of these questions can apply to yourself as well as to your partner.
4. Communication – Key To Solve All Problems
Scheduling time to hang out together is an important part of maintaining an LDR (long-distance relationship). Stay connected with your significant other by sending and receiving texts throughout the day to check in with your partner.
Different people prefer different levels of communication, and it’s important to discuss your preferences with your partner to avoid swamping/neglecting your partner.
Being honest about your communication needs and preferences is super important, and you should let your partner know if you’re going to be more or less distant because of certain life events.
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5. Virtual Date
Virtual dating is a good idea when you are in a long-distance relationship. You can plan for a movie date using a Netflix party or plan a dinner virtually by using one of the video calling platforms. You both can order the same food or cook it at your place and make the arrangements look like a dinner date.
Apart from a virtual dinner date, you can listen to the same podcasts, watching the same TV show, or reading the same book to feel connected to your partner, even when you both are miles apart.
6. Maintain Physical Intimacy
If you and your partner are physically intimate, it’s important to discuss how you’ll both navigate sexual needs while apart. What you decide is entirely personal and unique to your relationship, however, here are certain tips to consider:
- Talk about safe sexting, and whether or not that’s something you want to try in your relationship. If you both are ok with that then you can go for sexting to maintain the physical bond between you two.
- Additionally, you can exchange photos or go for video calls. This can be a fun and romantic way to keep physical intimacy alive, even when you both are miles away from each other.
7. Share Your Calender And Time Table
In a long-distance relationship, it’s crucial to share your timetable and calendar to feel connected with your partner. By sharing each other’s schedules you both will be aware of each other’s plans like weekend trips and shopping trips. It’s a good practice that helps in increasing transparency and trust in the relationship.