So I’ve been in a long distance relationship for over 6 months now, so I figured I’d share some advice on how I survive it. It’s not easy but maybe I can make it easier.
Have a set time to talk
It will literally save you a ton of heartache. Once I get off work and talk to people like my mom or my friends then I’m on the phone with my boyfriend. We also have a set time to get off the phone, at 10:30 pm CST, so we both have adequate time to get ready for work the next day. We try to keep this pretty consistent since we obviously can’t hang out in person as often.
Be flexible with your time, respect personal lives
I know this seems like the opposite of what I said before, but you still need friends and socialization outside of your significant other. If someone is going to the movies or has after work plans, understand you can’t travel then and that’s okay.
Communicate and be good at it
This honestly connects to the last point. The key to a successful relationship will always be communication but when you’re long distance you have to be a strong communicator to keep your relationship from becoming one-sided.
Decide if it’s worth it before trying it
Your relationship has to be worth being long-distance. This is not something you do for fun, you really have to decide if your relationship can take the strain of the distance, if your relationship is worth the labor it takes, and if it’s even going somewhere that warrants the distance. If the answer to those questions is no then maybe you should say goodbye.
Plan your travel in advance, it’ll make balance easier
The kind of money and time that goes into traveling for a relationship should be planned in advance. In my relationship, we strive to see each other once a month. We try to stick to long weekends but we always plan in advance and keep each other in the loop while planning our trips.
Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship? What worked for you? If you’ve never been in one? If not let me know why not in the comments!
12 thoughts on “5 Tips for Surviving a Long-distance Relationship”
Great Post. It is so true. My husband and I met online and started our relationship as a long-distance relationship. Very good tips to follow. We have been together for 12 years now. I agree with everything you mentioned in the post. We met briefly and spent a couple of weeks together to see it was worth it. We also were able to build a strong emotional connection since we spent most of the first-year miles apart. I really enjoyed the read.
These are great tips for not only long distance relationships but for all of them. Communication is definitely important for any relationship to work.
All these tips are good and definitely can be done more people need to read this l.
I’ve never been in.a long distance relationship but, I can imagine that it could be hard. I think you have to really trust each other because you’re not in close proximity to each other.
These are some really good tips. When my husband was away at college and we were dating these were the very things that kept us thriving.
Long -distance relationships are tough (been there, done that) but you have listed several important point for people to keep in mind. Great job!
As you said, one has to determine if it’s worth it. There are few faithful people these days and that has created trust issues. Personally, I’d rather not be in such.
These are awesome tips. Long distance relationship are not easy to embark on. But with commitment, love and trust it is possible.
My husband and I had a long distance relationship for a year before we were engaged. I agree with preparing ahead in communication and expense. Good luck!:)
Communication is key because it is all you have between the visits, and if you are crummy at it the relationship will suffer.
Me and my boyfriend started long distance in August and its not as hard as everyone made it out to be, but I guess it’s cause we had these 5 things down! I’m so blessed
I totally agree, with these factors down it simplifies it for sure