Long-distance relationships have been around since long before men and women started dignifying their union with terms like relationship, and they will probably continue to exist for many more centuries, despite their major pitfall, no touching.
In this day and age seeing your loved one, if only on a mobile phone, is pretty doable, every day, likewise speaking to him, or her. But, touching long-distance is still not a ‘thing’ and if only for that reason it remains a hardship even in the twenty-first century.
Nonetheless approximately a quarter of those in relationships have given it a whirl, studies show. They also show that these relationships tend to have as much possibility for success as relationships taking place in the same geographical region.
That said, there are some ways to up the success-potential of long-distance relationships. These include, reminding yourself this is temporary, thinking positive, and ultimately trusting your loved-one.
On a more practical note, it’s important to make sure you both take into account varying time zone differences and work schedules. Pick optimal times, when you’re both well-rested and neither of you has to rush.
Don’t pre-plan all your talking points, but try to make the conversation count. Include some practical touch-base stuff, but also make it about the heart too.
Keep a keepsake of your loved one that you can look at and hug and sigh over once in a while, but don’t let your life come to a grinding halt, just because you’re in a long-distance relationship.
- For long-distance relationshipa to work, give priority to your schedule and ensure you have the same goals.
- Do not depend on technology alone to stay in touch and keep communication open.
- Try not to overschedule your shared time, stay positive, check in, and don’t put things off.
“Often, a couple can settle into a pattern through inertia, when it turns out that that pattern doesn’t work particularly well for one or both.”