Being miles apart from your partner is never easy, but here are a few tips to help you out. Whether your partner has gone to college somewhere or moved to a different country, keeping things going in a long-distance relationship (LDR) can be both difficult and rewarding in equal measures.
Here’s some advice on how to cope and make the most out of your LDR.
Stay in contact
It’s simple but so effective. Try and find some time to regularly talk to your partner about how things are going and what you’ve been up to. Just hearing their voice can sometimes make things seem that little bit easier, so having a weekly catch up on FaceTime can be a great way to keep in touch. Sometimes life can get in the way and you may have to reschedule, but if you stay flexible you can always make it up to each other another time.
It’s crucial, to be honest with your partner about how you’re feeling – it can make things worse if you’re feeling upset or angry and don’t share it. If you feel like your partner doesn’t understand how you’re feeling, try to talk to them honestly and openly about things as soon as you can.
Have time to yourself
It can be tempting to stay at home and just text your partner all the time when they’re away, but it’s so important to have your own life and independence when they’re not there. It’ll make things a lot easier (and more fun) if you make some friends and schedule things to do in your free time – plus, it’ll give you something to tell your partner about when you next speak.
See each other regularly
It can be difficult to make time to see each other when you’re both busy, but the key thing to do is find a balance. The warmth that spreads across your whole body when you’re finally reunited is like nothing else. Cost is always going to be a factor when it comes to seeing each other, but you’ll get a cheaper deal if you plan your trips in advance.
Random romantic gestures
It can be hard to be romantic when you aren’t near your partner, but there are a lot of little things that you can do to brighten up your partner’s day.
Spend a weekend away
Try and agree to go somewhere that’s away from both of your homes, so you’ll be able to go out and explore a new place together. You may have to plan and budget for it, but it’ll be worth it to do something different together.
Keep a diary
It’s a nice idea to keep a diary of how you’re feeling. You don’t have to do it every day – you can just add to it whenever you feel like it. You can then go through your diary together whenever you see your partner next and talk about what you’ve been doing.
Long distance relationships are no doubt difficult but with these tips, you can make it work and a beautiful experience for both of you.