Sunday, June 18, 2017

Make your long-distance relationship work

Recently, one of my friends met a man in a social media. She claims him to be the love of her life. They have many things in common, so she seems to be quite sure that she has found her soul mate. Everything sounds perfect between the two of them, except for one itsy bitsy problem. They live in two different states. Because of the long distance, my friend sometimes can’t help doubting whether this is gonna work or not.
To her, and to every loving soul out there who are far from their loved ones, I’d like to send a note of assurance. True love never dies. All you need to do is to have faith on the power of love. And mark my words, your love will do the rest.

Although I claimed, true love never dies, it is also true that every relationship needs some nurturing. You do justice to your love, and you’ll definitely get the same in return. Here are some helpful advices on how no nurture a long-distance relationship. As priorities vary from person to person, all of these might not suit you. But a few things are common for all long-distance relationships, and I’ll try to focus on them.

The biggest barrier in a long-distance relationship is distance. So, it is very important to keep connected to each other in spite of the distance. Keep in touch with each other through phone calls, texts and video chats. Hence a social media can be handy. Keep filling up your partner about your life and events, and vice-versa. But don’t overdo it. You don’t really need to communicate 24/7 to compensate for the distance. Be there at the right moment, when your partner needs you most. When you chat, try to be creative in your way of communication.

Move out from the monotonous routine communication and try something different every once in a while. For instance, send short videos, audio clips etc. from time to time to give your communication a refreshing touch. An innovative and effective way to do this is to talk dirty. Sex is a biological as well as emotional need which is one of the most important thing between couples. Keep sending each other teasing and provocative texts and jokes to keep the flame burning.

Do things together. I know it sounds weird in a long-distance relationship, but trust me, there are ways to stay connected even in a distance affair. Read the same book at the same time, watch a movie on YouTube together, take a walk while chatting or video call, sing songs to each other, go online shopping together. Buy your loved one a gift. However materialistic it sounds, this is the best way to show your affection to your partner. By doing things together, you will have common topics to talk about. This will enhance the variety of your conversation.

See each other at every possible opportunity. Never lose a chance to meet your loved one. Pay visit to your partner whenever you get chance. Make those moments of togetherness special by doing things your partner loves. All those hugging, kissing that are common for the regular couples but rare in a long distance relationship should be compensated during these visits. But while doing so, be careful about some things. Let your visits be boring sometimes. If your visits are always like mini-vacations and have no connection to real life, you can never know how your partner would interact in a real life situation. Hence it will be difficult for both of you to understand whether this relationship is going to work or not. So, sometimes be like a typical couple in a regular day-to-day life to see how both of you function in a real life situation.

Your loved one is not always beside you- that is not the end of the world. Enjoy your time with your family and friends. Have some alone time for yourself. Hang out with friends, go to parties, and do not deprive your soul from the fun of living. But do avoid dangerous situations. Do not go to places which can lead you to something harmful for your relationship. Be cautious before entering the situation. Get your partner updated about your whereabouts.
Know where you are going with the relationship. You cannot be in a long distance relationship forever. Sooner or later we all need to settle down. Make a plan for future together, se goal for life and work towards achieving it.

I saved the most important thing to discuss last of all. It is “TRUST”. This is the key to each and every relationship. Whether you two share the same room or live one hundred miles away from each other doesn’t matter until you trust each other. Don’t pry on your partner’s life every now and then. Respect his personal space and make sure the same for yourself. Be honest to each other. Talk about your silliest emotions to your partner and make room for him/her to do the same. Open up. If you cannot open up to a person, you should think twice before taking the affair too seriously.

Like they say, “Love will keep us alive”, true love will surely do the magic. You just need to keep the flame of love burning no matter what. Show your care and attention for your partner through small acts of love. Beat the barrier of distance with the power of love. Keep loving, grow old together. Loads of love for all the lovebirds out there.

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