Many people are in long distance relationships. With jobs taking them to different places these days, it’s not surprising for some couples to carry on their relationship even when they’re far apart from each other.
It’s possible for this type of relationship to work and even to end up in marriage. As long as the couples involved are committed to make it work, setting their priorities right and are finding ways to keep the relationship strong despite the distance, it can survive the test of time.
Relationship experts actually consider being in a long distance relationship healthy for couples. For one thing, being separated allows each individual to pursue their own career and ambitions and develop a sense of independence. Secondly, the separation develops in every person a longing for each other.
Here are ways that can guide you in keeping your relationship intact for a long time. When you are able to follow these steps, you can be sure to make you and your partner satisfied.
Being honest to each other right from the start is essential. If you’re not yet married, this means setting your boundaries such as if you’re going to be exclusive to each other or you can go out on dates without any commitment. This will help you avoid misunderstandings and ensure that you’re on the same page.
While you’re discussing this, also make clear what your end goal is. You can agree on how long the separation will last to allow you to plan your lives together. If it’s possible to visit your partner in his new place or your partner going home to you on certain occasions, be sure to schedule this as well.
Making time for each other is another important step to take. No matter how busy you are, always take the time to call, send a text message or chat with your partner. Communication should not be a major issue today what with the existence of mobile and smart phones as well as the internet. If you can, set a time depending on your location to do a video chat so you can see each other. It gives one a different feeling when you are able to see each other face to face despite the distance.
Keeping yourself busy with work will allow you to pursue what you love to do best. This will also help you get rid of loneliness that may strike you every now and then. It’ll be surely hard at first to focus on what you’re doing when you know you won’t be seeing your partner for some time. It’s natural to feel this way when you were both used to spending your weekends together.
But again, you have to stay strong while you’re in this situation and getting yourself pre-occupied is one of the best ways to take your mind off your partner.
Remember that for any long distance relationship to work, it’s important for couples to establish a strong foundation. This will help them cope while the other is away and avoid expectations of their partners.