How Being in a Long Distance Relationship Made Me a Stronger Woman
Long distance relationships can be hard to maintain, and they usually have a bad reputation. However, if you maintain them right, they can make you a stronger woman. It can be tough to not be able to see your significant other every day and have their physical attention. But in my personal experience, being a young twenty-year-old away in college, I have found ways to cope with long distance relationships, and I have grown and realized how mine has benefited me.
Benefits of Long Distance Relationships
Not being physically close to your partner all the time actually has its benefits. For instance, you get so much more time for yourself. My philosophy is that you should love yourself before you love anyone else. Being by yourself allows you to learn more about yourself and how to do things by yourself. This will help you grow as a person and you will learn to be more independent and not so clingy to your partner. It’s healthy to be independent and to learn things on your own. Having time for self-care is so important not only for your own mental health, but also for the health of your relationship.
Being in a long-distance relationship also allows for you to build stronger relationships with your friends and family. When most people are in relationships, especially the early stages, they seem to forget everyone else in their life and just focus on their partner. While this is not necessarily bad, it can still affect some relationships and you tend to lose yourself, being attached to your partner 24/7. When you’re in a long distance relationship, you have a lot more time for the other people who love you. It’s healthy to spend time around people who aren’t your significant other, and being in an LDR is a nice reminder of that.
Being in a distant relationship will also grant you the time to be more productive with your life. You now don’t have the distraction of having your partner with your all the time, and you can focus on your studies and hobbies more. You will have more time to be active and make goals for yourself. More time to focus on your career and strengthen your mental and physical health. A lot of people can get distracted when their partner is physically with them all the time, and they may lose sight of personal goals or studies.
Building Trust and Communication
On top of that, some of the most important character-building factors, I think, are that long distance relationships help build trust and communication. As long as you have that, you get a chance to actually miss them instead of getting tired of seeing them. In this day and age, I think it is becoming more and more important to build trust and have that communication and effort in a relationship. Maintaining a normal relationship can already take a lot of work as it is, so long distance definitely challenges you more. Having to trust your partner in a long distance relationship definitely can help build a stronger foundation than in a normal relationship. Which reminds me of something my mom always told me, “distance makes the heart grow stronger.”
Since you both know that your days of seeing each other are limited, you will focus more on filling those days with good times and memories instead of little arguments that normal couples tend to have.
Can Long Distance Relationships Work? I Think So
Being miles and miles away from each other will have you guys missing each other a lot more than normal couples miss each other. This will allow the heart to grow stronger and help you guys build a stronger foundation. Always being there 24/7 won’t allow you guys to miss each other as much, and instead you may find that you grow tired of seeing that person. Being long distance will help you guys realize you actually miss them and cherish every moment you guys actually spend together.
These are all very important skills to acquire not only as a woman, but as a person in general. You will grow more as a person and build a stronger foundation in the relationship. You will learn to trust your partner, communicate better, and learn the importance of making time for yourself.