Long-distance relationships have been around for centuries, and these relationships have overcome physical distance with emotional intimacy. This emotional intimacy stems from an overwhelming amount of love that trumps any amount of miles. Long-distance relationships are one of the hardest things to maintain successfully; and believe me, I am no expert. But, if I could give some pieces of advice to a fellow friend in a long distance love, here is what I would say…
1. Maintain an open line of communication.
Communication is key. That being said, it's important to make sure your significant other is aware of your feelings regarding your relationship at all times. Being honest with your partner includes sharing any unsaid feelings you may have.
2. Plan visits ahead of time and spend your energy on getting excited about them.
The only way to stay sane while being away from your significant other is to focus on the next time you're going to be with them.
3. Maintain your social life: Don’t let your significant other distract you from friends.
Keep a good balance between communicating with your significant other and spending time with your friends. Just like any other relationship, it’s all about balance.
4. Schedule time in your day to Facetime and catch up.
Life can get busy, and it can be difficult to find time to talk. Scheduling Facetimes may seem a little anal, but it will help maintain intimacy.
5. Maintain trust and loyalty.
The lack of trust can be a huge deal-breaker when it comes to long-distance relationships. Naturally, the distance can take a toll on trust, so it's extremely important to feel secure and safe in any relationship. Once again, communication is key to maintaining a trustworthy partnership.
6. Keep it fun: In the end, you are with someone because you care about them.
Don’t forget to have fun with it! Send each other surprises, make silly bets, create bucket lists for when you are together, send drawn out good morning and goodnight texts, etc.
In the end, long-distance relationships are hard. However, they'll always be worth it when you are with the right person.