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A Guide to Dealing with Long Distance Relationships

Are you in a long distance relationship? Here's some advice on how to keep it exciting

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17 February 2016

Last updated on 18 October 2017
A Guide to Dealing with Long Distance Relationships

 We’ve heard it all before, ‘long-distance relationships are hard and more often than not, they don’t work.’ We want to set the record straight once and for all! Long-distance relationships do work, as long as you keep putting an effort into the relationship.

To begin a long-distance relationship, both you and your partner need to be on the same page. If you and your partner are completely committed to each other, the relationship will work, despite the distance. Deciding the future together and envisioning your future with each other will make this journey much easier than you may think! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, come back from fantasy-land because long-distance relationships still do require a great deal of work to make the connection between you and your partner, healthy, happy and fulfilling. To get the very best out of your significant other and the distance between you two, you must have a fluid communication system along with trust, honesty, patience and understanding.

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So how can you keep your relationship alive and exciting even when you are miles apart? We have the answer!

1. Understand the time difference

Make time to speak with each other as often as you can, but not often enough that you are clouding each other. It may be easier for you to make a schedule, if your partner is so far away that time difference becomes a factor.

2. Keep yourself busy

When you are secluded from your partner, you will often find that you think of him or her more than you ever did before. For this reason, you need to occupy yourself. Pick up a hobby, learn a new language, join a club, and occupy yourself so you don’t lose your mind.

3. Surprise each other

Send your partner a gift every now and again to keep reminding them that the miles you have spent apart have not stopped you from thinking about them.

4. Send each other letters

Who says sending love letters are old school? Love letters are romantic and the gesture will mean more to your partner than you may think. It’s easy to type out an email or a text message, but nothing says ‘I love you’ like writing a letter that you have poured your soul into with your bare hands – now that’s passion.

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5. Technology is your best friend

We are in the digital age! If you have not gotten yourself a Skype account or an android, then you my friend, are not living. Video calling is one of the best ways to communicate through long-distance because nothing beats seeing the smile on your soul-mate’s face.

6. Go to the movies together

Get out your crackers because this is about to get cheesy! Buy a DVD (or find it on Netflix) of a movie or show that you have both been wanting to watch. Get the popcorn ready, dim the lights, press play at the exact same time, and enjoy the show while having your video call at hand and voila! Long-distance movie date night!

7. Play games together

Any game you can think of is now available on your android, whether you are looking at Chess, Monopoly, Family Feud or even the Price is Right – For the most part, these games can be played in a two-player mode online. Playing games is a fun way to keep you connected with your partner both mentally and emotionally.

8. Counting down

Once you or your partner have made plans to finally see each other, you need to start counting down the days! It seems like a monotonous process, but the anticipation and optimism is sure to make your meeting day extra special.