Dealing with a Long-Distance Relationship

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The hardest thing about a long distance relationship is not being able to share in the big and little moments of everyday life. When you want to go out at night or need someone to help you take the grocery bags into the kitchen, they aren’t there. Learning to deal with the distance is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. Here are the biggest things I’ve learned so far.

  • Communicate everything. Talking about even the small things builds trust and allows the other person to be apart of your life in little ways
  • Use Skype on a weekly basis. Seeing a person, even through a camera, makes the relationship seem more “in person” as opposed to just texts and calls
  • Compliment each other often. Because a lot of long-distance-communication is verbal, you miss out on being able to give nonverbal cues indicating your attraction to the other person.
  • Send letters. Yeah, old school stuff I know. It honestly, makes a huge difference being able to hold something tangible from the other person.
  • Know when the next visit is. Having a date on the calendar for the next time you’ll see each other gives you both something to look forward to and is a great reminder that separation doesn’t last forever.
  • Send pictures throughout the day. Similar to Skyping, it makes them seem more apart of your daily life.

Comment below with your personal stories and tips to share!

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6 thoughts on “Dealing with a Long-Distance Relationship

  1. My husband and I got married at 18 and 19. 3 days after we got married, he moved to Germany and we spent our first 5 months of marriage apart. Its sad because I was used to being away from him but communication is key. Even when you are 4,300 miles apart! With his job, I always have to be prepared with him leaving without much notice but it makes our relationship even stronger πŸ™‚ best of luck!

  2. I’ve been there and it’s so hard. I loved sending care packages to an old boyfriend in high school. His favorite chips, a new movie, a mix cd, pictures, etc. It was fun to put together and to hear how much he loved them!

  3. The hardest thing is not obsessing about your love. I failed on that account and spent far too much time thinking about him than being involved in my own activities. It’s funny, but I think couples apart tend to spend more mental focus on each other than couples together.

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