No relationship is a piece of cake…especially the ones that are long distance. It can be hard to stay positive when your significant other is miles and miles away. Being in different countries, states, or even just an hour or two apart can take its toll on a relationship. Everyone has tips for keeping a long-distance relationship alive, but here are some you may not hear about often.
Some may argue that silence is a red flag, especially in a long-distance relationship, but there are times when silence is key. Getting upset, arguing, and saying something you might regret can cause serious damage to a relationship. Not being able to talk through it face to face can make it even worse. In situations like this, it’s probably better to hold your tongue and let the anger pass.
Silence can also give you room to miss each other. If you’re texting, Snapchatting, and talking on the phone all day, every day, you’re not allowing yourselves to miss each other. Not acting “clingy” can also go a long way to show how secure you are in your relationship. Missing someone can help you appreciate the relationship more.
There are tons of ways to surprise your partner that are smaller – and cheaper – than showing up unannounced at your SO’s school or home. Sending them a surprise gift they’ve been wanting or putting together a care package for them are romantic gestures that go a long way. An unexpected surprise shows they were on your mind, even when they were out of sight.
If you have some type of creative talent, such as painting, drawing, writing poetry, or playing an instrument, you can use that to strengthen your relationship by creating something you can send to your significant other. This is great for keeping a long-distance relationship alive because it screams romance. Your partner will remember what you created for them and cherish it forever.
Planning a trip together gives you something to look forward to as a couple. Plus you’ll get to know more about what they’re interested in, and what kind of vacationer they are (are they more of a “sit by the pool all day” or a “get up at the crack of dawn to go sightseeing” person?). Whether it’s a quick weekend away or a trip overseas, the whole experience will bring you closer together.
Long-distance relationships are tough. You have to work extra hard to keep the romance alive and the relationship strong. But just because you’re physically apart doesn’t mean your connection has to suffer! Put in the effort to show them how much you love and care about them, and the distance won’t seem as isolating.