It’s no secret that being in a long-distance relationship is going to be much more of a challenge when compared to a typical romantic entanglement. There’s just something inherently different about being within the physical proximity of the person you love. It’s just a different feeling altogether when you are with the person who holds the key to your heart; when you are just able to reach out and grab your soulmate. It’s different when you are just able to turn your head and plant a kiss on your partner’s lips without a struggle.
These are subtle luxuries that people in long-distance relationships crave to have for themselves. And remember that physical intimacy is always going to be important in any kind of romantic relationship. However, it can be very hard for people in long-distance relationships to be physically intimate with one another.
This is only one of the problems that are posed by long-distance romances. There are also other factors concerning time management, goal setting, family planning, financial management, and more.
However, just because long-distance relationships are hard doesn’t mean that they’re completely impossible. There are plenty of couples that are able to make the whole long-distance situation work out for them. And if they are able to do it, then that means that anyone else can do it as well. You just have to make sure that your love is genuine and pure; and that you are both putting yourselves in the proper positions to make things work. A little good luck on the side wouldn’t hurt either.
So, if you’re feeling lost and you’re facing the woes of being in a long-distance relationship, don’t worry just yet. This article is going to shed light on a few tips and tricks that you can employ on your own relationship. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying these tips out. At the very least, it gives you something to work within your own relationship.
1. Understand that you are going to need to put A LOT of work in.
Regular relationships are already hard enough as it is. But when you add the factor of long distances into the mix, it makes it almost impossible. Just know that you’re going to have to work much harder than you’ve ever worked in your romantic life. You need to prepare yourself for the effort that you’re going to put in.
2. Establish ground rules for your relationship.
Have boundaries. Have rules. Have some structure. Sure, you are taking an approach to your relationship that is less than conventional. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be allowed to add some structure to the way that you do things with your partner. You still need to establish order in your relationship if you want it to work.
3. Make use of the various technologies and platforms at your disposal.
It’s the age of social media. Communication is as easy now as it has ever been. You can make use of so many platforms to stay in touch with one another. Make sure that you maximize as much as you can.
4. Schedule regular video chats or phone calls.
Like how regular couples should schedule regular dates with one another, you need to do the same. However, your dates are going to be limited to phone calls and video chats. But even if that might seem like a bummer, you really need to fulfill this responsibility for the sake of your relationship.
5. Always focus on the grander scheme of things.
It can be really hard when you get stuck in the grind of things. You get so tired of putting in all the effort for this relationship and you’re seemingly getting minimal payoff. You so desperately want to quit because you’re tired. But in these moments of weakness, you have to remind yourself of why you’re doing this in the first place. Focus on the bigger picture.
6. Find joy and fulfillment in the little things.
You aren’t always going to be dealt with the best cards in this kind of relationship – and that’s why you need to celebrate the little things. Always find value and beauty in simplicity. This will help enhance your perspective and motivate you to see your relationship through.
7. Enroll in a frequent flyer program.
If you’re going to be visiting each other often, might as well make sure that your travel expenses are handled efficiently. Enroll in a frequent flyer program or get a credit card that has some great travel rewards and benefits.
8. Don’t put too much pressure on yourselves to have fun whenever you’re together.
You aren’t going to be able to see each other too often. And so on the rare occasions that the both of you do get to spend time together, you run the risk of putting too much pressure on yourselves to make it magical. Don’t make that mistake. Just focus on the joy of being in each other’s presence.