If your partner has moved half way around the world, you may be worried about the strain this will no doubt put on your relationship. Here are four ways to survive a long distance relationship.
The more you mope around feeling sorry for yourself, the more you are going to miss your partner. Use your time apart to do the things that you have always wanted to do. Learn to dance, take a cooking class and spend quality time with your friends and family. Visit old friends and throw yourself into your work. Doing these things will take your mind off missing your partner and will make your time apart seem shorter. Trying new things will also enrich your conversations as you can update each other on the exciting things that have been happening while the other has been away.
Make an Effort
A long distance relationship is a two way street. It will only work if both parties put in equal amounts of effort. Take turns visiting each other and make sure you both make an effort to get in touch over the phone. Make plans and set dates for future visits so you have something to look forward to.
Keep In Touch
You may not be able to see each other every night but that doesn’t mean you can speak to your partner. However, you may be worried about the size of your phone bill. Buy a laptop or loan one from somewhere like Rent It and use Skype to keep in touch. This allows you to catch up with your partner face to face for free. Renting is a great option if you partner has moved away temporarily.
Use the Element of Surprise
Spontaneity tends to be sparse when it comes to keeping a relationship going long distance. However, there are lots of ways you can surprise your partner. Create a CD with all of your favourite songs on it or send them a surprise package full of their favourite things. Even something as simple as a love letter will help you to keep the romance alive. Plan a surprise visit to show your partner that you are dedicated to making the long term relationship work and use spontaneity to spice things up.
So, there you have it, four ways to survive a long distance relationship unscathed.