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How to Manage a Long-Distance Relationship When Your Love Language is Physical Touch

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

If you’re in a long-distance relationship (and even if you’re in any relationship or you’re single), you should absolutely take the 5 Love Languages test to get to know yourself and your partner better. This test tells you how you best receive love, and gives insight into how to manage that in a relationship. 

My top love languages are physical touch and words of affirmation, which is a little tricky since I’m in a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend who goes to Georgia Tech. However, we’ve been making it work, and I have a few tips for ways to manage your LDR when physical touch is a big love language for you.

Plan when you will see each other next.

Making sure you know when the next time you see each other is so important; it’ll make being apart much easier. I try to visit my boyfriend every two or three weekends, but sometimes we have to go a bit longer, and it’s nice to be able to count down the days. I even have a dry erase calendar that I keep track on!

FaceTime frequently.

If you and your SO FaceTime or Skype often, you will DEFINITELY feel better. Just hearing my boyfriend’s voice and seeing his face makes me feel better when I’m missing him, even if it’ll be a long time before we next visit. Making FaceTiming a routine so you know you can see your partner’s face at the end of a long day is great, especially when you say goodnight to each other. 

Send each other letters.

Having letters from your partner will help have something tangible that reminds you of them. Personally, I love having my boyfriend’s handwriting so I know he physically wrote it and was thinking about me — it’s way different than just a text. 

Send voice messages to each other.

I’m also a huge fan of voice memos on iMessage! These are super cute to listen to when you can’t be on the phone, or if you just want to surprise each other with a nice good morning message. These always melt my heart and are really thoughtful. 

Have one of their items of clothing/scent.

I ALWAYS steal my boyfriend’s clothes, and I even have the cologne that he wears which reminds me of him. Again, tangible items are awesome when maintaining a relationship, and also you can get a cute new outfit! I’ll never say no to an oversized t-shirt.

Even though LDRs are tricky, we can do it! Keep these tips in mind, and even send them to your SO!

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Writers of the Boston University chapter of Her Campus.