How to Survive a Long Distance Relationship

couple-814825_1920We all know that relationships come with their fair share of “ups and downs”, but if you’ve ever been in a long distance relationship, you know there sometimes seems to be more “downs” than “ups”. This is especially true if you two met in the online dating world.

In fact, so many will steer clear of long distance relationships simply because they believe whole heartedly that they couldn’t handle it. While this is true for some, long distance relationships don’t have to be so traumatizing for others. Yes, long distance relationships demand patience, courage, respect and awareness to survive, but don’t all relationships?

Here are 3 ways you can survive long distance relationships:

1. Trust each other. Honestly, every relationship demands trust but particularly long distance relationships. When you can’t see your significant other regularly, or you’re not in communication all day, it can be sometimes hard to trust that your partner is being faithful to you. Always give your partner the benefit of the doubt and if you suspect something, calmly express your feelings. Having said that though, it’s critical that you both DESERVE and EARN the trust that you give and get – trust doesn’t just come easy or is expected.

2. Try to be in touch often. In today’s day and age, it’s so easy to stay in touch. Even though your partner isn’t there and you don’t necessarily have to explain what you’re doing during the day because it really doesn’t impact their daily schedule, it will make your partner feel better if you include them on your day to day plans. Be in touch and keep your partner in the loop. Not only will it help them build trust in you, it will also strengthen your bond.

3. Make an effort. No, long distance relationships don’t mean you can skirt the effort and commitments couples close by make to each other. In general, relationships are hard work, but long distance relationships in a way can be harder. Much more effort is required to keep the love alive seeing as how distance seems to be tearing it apart. If you’re not cut out for the effort part of a relationship, maybe long distance relationships aren’t for you. Also, if you’re not willing to make the effort, chances are your partner isn’t the one.