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How to Maintain A Long Distance Relationship

How to Maintain A Long Distance Relationship

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Hate to break it to you LDR- Long Distance Relationships aren’t for the majority of people. So don’t stress if it’s not your thing. One of the most important aspects of a long distance relationship? Understanding your own needs and wants while simultaneously catering to your partner’s. It’s a balancing act, and a precarious one at that, but it is worth the work if you find “your person.”

You’re going to need:

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1. Communication on a HEALTHY basis.

Duh. Communication is a must, and if you have a problem Skyping then you shouldn’t be reading this post. Talking to your significant other (SO) on a regular basis is a no-brainer. However, it’s way more important to make sure that you are talking to your significant other on a healthy basis. You can’t forget you have friends because they are the ones that will keep you sane during those long weeks or months apart from your SO. Besides, they’ll get pretty fed up if you “hang out” with them and end up spending the whole night on your phone. So don’t be that person. Also, it’s just rude. So don’t be that person even if you’re not in an LDR. If you want to make your LDR work, you’re going to have to be one heck of a multi-tasker. Keep up with your SO but make sure that you’re also living your life.

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2. Content, content, content

Yes, Lil Bub can save your relationship. When you spend months away from your partner, the talk can get dry. Lulls in the conversation that would normally have been filled with watching a movie or grabbing a bite to eat need something new. Pick a TV show you both watch, or read the same book, or just browse funny cat pictures together. Talking about shared interests will help keep your relationship fresh.

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3. Trust.

If you have trust issues, please do yourself a favor and understand that long distance relationships are not for you. The basis of an LDR is trust, trust, and more trust. You need to be comfortable enough in yourself and your partner to know that neither of you are going to get drunk one night and hook up with a rando. Besides, jealousy is a bad look. Or maybe open relationships are your thing. If it works, it works.

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4. Discuss your expectations.

Especially your expectations regarding the future of the relationship. Expectations have the potential to ruin any relationship if they are not considered thoughtfully and kept in check at times.

5. Love is all around

Not to get all Love Actually on you, but come on. Look at this cute couple. One thing is for sure, no matter how hard long distance love can feel, there’s nothing that beats seeing your partner for the first time in months. So think about it, talk about it, bask in the joy of looking forward to it. If you’re lucky, long distance love will only make you realize how much you care for each other.

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6. Enjoy your time.

Long distance relationships are not for the faint of heart. You need to really be able to examine yourself as an individual. Stay involved in your own life, after all this is most likely one of the reasons your partner was attracted to you in the first place.

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7. Happiness in being alone.

cIronically, this is the crux of making any long distance relationship work. You won’t be seeing your SO for a majority of the time, so you’re going to have to appreciate being alone. If that’s difficult for you, then that’s when breakdowns in trust, healthy communication, and long-term planning start to happen. Before you jump into a long distance relationship, you have to be perfectly happy sleeping alone at night or going long periods of time without the intimate touch of another person. Also it’s never a good idea to use someone as a crutch for happiness. So make sure you’re healthy and happy on your own before jumping into any relationship, regardless of it being long distance or not.

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8. Accept bumps in the road.

They will come. If you are not resilient and truly committed to the health of the relationship, you will give up easily. Remember that you will feel lonely and not connected at times. Rest in the fact that feelings are transient in their nature.

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