When you’re in a long distance relationship, it often doesn’t take long for your partner to start feeling like a stranger. It might seem impossible at times, but eliminating the weirdness, jealousy, and loneliness is totally doable. It’s all about keeping up your regular communication and adding a little spontanaiety here and there to keep things interesting. Follow these tips to keep your long distance relationship going strong.
Skyping or talking on the phone everyday makes it easier to keep each other up to date on the little things happening in your lives. This is important because if you were living in the same city and seeing each other all the time you would talk about your day to day activities, even the totally mundane ones. You want to avoid having to catch up when you talk, so make it part of a regular routine.
Visit each other regularly
Looking forward to seeing each other is affirming of your love, and it’s exciting to plan a trip. Making sure you see each other as often as you’re financial situation and work schedule will keep thier presence feeling normal to you. As in any relationship, it’s also important to be spontaneous to keep things fresh and exciting. Plan a last minute trip, or surprise your partner.
Write love letters
Writing tangible, old school love letters is a really romantic token that’s fun to do. If you really want to get crafty, send each other care packages like you’re at camp. It’s fun to look forward to getting them in the mail and they’re fun to make.
Don’t play mind games
Don’t allude to someone else who is flirting with you just because you want to make them jealous. It will just have the opposite effect. They’ll be frustrated and question if you’re trust worthy. Playing mind games in any relationship makes things hard “ when you can’t see each other face to face, it makes them even harder. Just be honest and communicate in the most straight forward way. Things can become easily misconstrued on email or even on the phone.
Pursue common interests
If there’s a movie you both want to see or a book you’re both excited about, watch and read it separately and talk about it together. Just because you’re far apart physically doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy each other intellectually. This is also a great way of feeling more involved in each other’s daily lives.
Talk about your future
Dreaming about your future together is the most affirming thing you can do. Long distance relationships thrive on hope. The more you feed that hope, the more successful your relationship is likely to be.