There’s no two ways about it: being apart from the person you love is hard. While absence might make the heart grow fonder, it also feeds loneliness – and loneliness is a big deal. Some even believe that loneliness can do as much damage to our bodies as smoking .
But more positively for those in long distance relationships, a study suggests that actually, couples who are coping with living apart often have more intimate and meaningful interactions than couples who live together. So how can you make the most of your long distance relationship and take the edge off the loneliness?
The three most important things in keeping a long distance relationship going are… (wait for it)…
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Communication, Communication, Communication. It’s so essential we felt the need to say it thrice.
Here’s a few ways you can keep the communication oiled.
- Have a communication schedule. This might seem a bit mechanical because it strips out the spontaneity, but having a specific time for your chats means you can look forward to the chat with your partner without putting your own life on hold whenever the call comes in. If you know when it’s happening each day, you can develop a routine where you also make time to keep up your own interests, which is also really important for your well-being. Knowing each other’s day to day schedules (shift times, important meetings, work deadlines etc) can also help you feel closer.