There are so many small joys that come from a long distance relationship, and just as many struggles. If you find yourself in a long-distance relationship, I’m sure you can relate to both. Having a space to grow a deeper love for one another while also prioritizing yourself can be a beautiful thing. However, missing the “in person” aspect can be very discouraging and heartbreaking. I have been in a long distance relationship for the past two years and here’s some of the things I have done to help me get through it.1. Stay connected: With any relationship, communication is key; but in a long distance relationship that communication is all you really have. It is so important to prioritize the phone calls, the text messages, the emails, or any other way that you choose to communicate and connect with your partner. If you have busy schedules, planning specific times to reconnect can be a lifesaver!
2. Setting aside quality time: When you are in person with your partner, it’s much easier to spend undivided quality time together. With a long distance relationship, the quality time is shared through your cell phones. When attempting to spend quality time together on your phones, it is easy to get distracted from the purpose of the conversation. Opting for a video call allows you to stay engaged and focus on the conversation as if you are together in person.
3. Send gifts: It’s crazy how a special gift, even a coffee, can brighten up your day when sent from the person you love. Don’t overlook the importance of connecting through these little tokens of appreciation. I recommend Doordashing your partner’s favorite meal to their doorstep when they’ve been having a particularly stressful day!
4. Always have your next in person meet up planned. Most of my anxiety in my LDR came from not knowing when the next time I was going to see my boyfriend. Having a trip to look forward to always brings us peace, and reminds us that there is a goal in mind.
5. Check in with your partner. Long distance relationships can be so difficult to navigate, and it’s so important to check in on your and your partner’s mental health to make sure that you both feel secure, supported and loved
I wouldn’t trade my LDR for anything else, and I hope these tips help you find some comfort and peace in your relationship. You’re not alone on this journey, and it will all be worth it one day. Wishing you and your partner all the love in the world!
Written by: AprilInstagram: @Aprll