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How to Make Long Distance Relationships Work

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Most people believe that long distance relationships are never going to work. Your family and friends may advise you not to take it too seriously, in case you get your heart broken.

Long distance definitely is a challenge, things could get complicated, and you could get sad and lonely at times. To keep your love alive and strong, here are some tips to make your long distance relationship work

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Set some ground rules to manage your expectations.

You both need to be honest with what you are expecting of each other. Set some ground rules so that none of you will do things that will hurt the other person.

Have a conversation together and discuss things like, exclusiveness, commitment, open-mindedness, and so on.

Communicate regularly, and get creative.

Long distance relationships are easier now than ever because we have so many ways to stay connected thanks to technology. Communicate as much as you can, even a simple “good morning” and “good night” text can make you feel close and connected. Try to update your partner on your life and what’s happening so they feel involved.

You can also send each other pictures, FaceTime and Skype.

Stay honest with each other.

Talk about any feelings of fear, insecurity, jealousy, etc. Don’t try to deal with things all by yourself. Be open and honest with each other. Let your partner help you and give you the support you need. It’s much easier to look at the problem during its early stage than to only open up about it when it’s too late.

Know each other’s schedules.

Conflicting work or school schedules, sleep preferences, and time zones can all cause issues for even the most well intentioned couples when it comes to making time for communicating with each other.

It’s helpful to know when the other person is busy and when they are free, so that you can drop a text or make a call at the right time. Know the small and big events that are taking place in each other’s life e.g. exams, important business trips and meetings, job interviews etc.

Learn How to Love Being Alone.

Long distance relationships can get lonely, without someone to hug, hold and cuddle. The solution? Love yourself and love your own company. Make plans with friends and schedule actives that you love.

Have Future Plans in Place

A relationship won’t survive if it’s a long-distance relationship forever. Eventually, you’ll need to live in the same city and the same place.

So start to make a plan and discuss how that can happen. Having an end goal in sight will give both of you the peace of mind that the relationship has a future.

I hope you enjoy this post and found it useful.

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