Long-distance relationships are hard—but they are also a beautiful test of how much you love each other. You’ve already taken the first step by admitting that it’s not where you want to be, and that you want to fix it—that’s a huge accomplishment. Now it’s time to get down to brass tacks and take the next steps toward making your relationship closer. While there are no guarantees, here are some tips to make your long-distance relationship last:
Communication is one of the key elements to any successful relationship. It’s even more important in the long-distance variety because you can’t rely on your physical necessities for contact, like holding hands or kissing. Instead, it’s crucial to talk in the morning and at night. You’ll feel more connected when you know what happened in your partner’s day and can share your own with them. Send short texts throughout the day to let your partner know you’re thinking of them, but don’t be possessive and text too much.
Meet in person
Meet in person whenever you can and always have it planned so you can look forward to it. This can include anything from going out on a date to watching a movie together at home. Make it something special so that it doesn’t become ordinary or boring.
If one of you lives far away from the other, then try meeting up once a month or so for a long weekend or vacation somewhere together. It’s important that both people are happy with this arrangement as well as being able to afford such trips without putting too much strain on your finances.
Don’t feel like you need to go overboard with this idea because in the end it’s not about spending money; what matters is spending time together and making sure that both parties are happy with where their relationship is currently at.
Plan a romantic date online
You don’t have to go out and buy flowers or rent a fancy hotel room — but make sure that you’re still doing something special together even if it’s not as extravagant. Set up an online date with a movie night or game night so that they can see how much fun you have together and how much work it takes for you to make those moments happen! It can even be as easy as FaceTiming while eating your favorite meal and just talking about your life.
Check out this list of fun online date ideas by Cosmopolitan.
Make them feel included
Introduce them to people who you spend a lot of time with, so they feel included and don’t become jealous or worried about who you are hanging out with. You don’t have to be friends with your partner’s friends, but it can help to make those connections. If you’ve known each other for a while, introduce them to your family as well.
Stay positive and optimistic
It’s easy to get caught up in all the negative feelings when you’re not with your partner. But don’t let it ruin your relationship! Stay positive and upbeat, even when you’re feeling down or stressed out by life. Even if they’re not around, remind yourself that they’ll be back soon enough.
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