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Many people believe that long distance relationships don’t work. But this is not always the case. Heck, I met my husband online and we’ve been happily married for six years. We had a long distance relationship for about a year and a half before the meeting. We dated for six months and then finally decided it’s time to tie the knot.
From my own experience, I can say that long distance relations can be as fruitful and satisfying as any other relation. Here are some long distance relationship advice tips from me:
Use the phone – a lot
Talk on the phone as much as possible. Great if you can manage 6 to 7 hours a day! To cut down on phone costs, use free web services like Skype and Google Voice. This allows you to communicate freely without any financial hassles.
When you talk more, you get to understand each other. This is very important – since you cannot meet every day, you need to stay in touch through the phone.
Use other communication modes
When it’s not possible to get in touch by phone, use other options like e-mail and text messaging. It warms the heart to get a loving text from your sweetheart when you’re stuck someplace halfway across the globe.
Make sure you set aside a specific time each day to contact each other. So even though you’re geographically far away, you and your partner can stay close and get closer.
Keep the romantic spirit alive
Mail a small gift, compose a love song, get a meal delivered – just keep doing small loving things. These will make up for not being physically together.
Your sweetheart will love being pampered. Send something that he will like. Should you send an expensive gift? It depends on your relationship. If you think your relation has just started, it’s best to keep things simple and inexpensive.
Visit each other evenly
It’s important to visit each other alternately to avoid having a disgruntled partner. When one person makes all visits, he may land up thinking that since he’s travelling each time, he’s putting more into the relationship.
Don’t take things personally
Even though both of you follow the long distance relationship advice on keeping some time aside each day to connect; this might not always be possible. Since you live separately, you’re required to maintain your individual lives. So it’s important to be flexible and understanding.
Changes in plans, work responsibilities and family emergencies are a part of life and need to be accepted. So if a trip is cancelled, take it with a positive spirit and select another date. I have seen many, many successful long distance relations so you have a good chance there.
Have you or know anyone that has been in a long distance relationship? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments below.