Long Distance Relationship Advice

what every person in a long distance relationship should know.

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Long Distance Relationship Advice

Isabella Ochoa, Staff Writer

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Many people believe that long distance relationships never work out. People may discourage you and think you are crazy; relationships are hard enough without dealing with transportation issues, time management, and trust. And yet, so many of us still go for long distance relationships. Whether it’s a long distance relationship or not, When two people are both truly committed to each other they will do anything to make it work.

From my personal experience, here are some tips on making a long distance relationships work.

Tip 1: plan when you will see each other.

Me and my boyfriend have been dating for a while. We live one hour away from each other but since we are still young and have no car, our biggest struggle is seeing each other. Any chance we get to visit each other, we take. Even though I only see him three times out of the year, we try to only go four months without seeing each other. It is hard only seeing him a few times out of the year, but when we do we make our visits a couple days.

Tip 2: don’t worry if every visit isn’t perfect.

In relationships like these, you try to do as much as you can in one visit since you don’t get to see each other as much. Some visits will have unforgettable moments, others will have little pointless arguments. Even sometimes there will be points where one of you will need to go home early – and that’s okay. Relationships are filled with up and downs and that includes when you go to see each other as well.

Tip 3: gift a personal object to one another.

Whether it’s a necklace, a jacket, a bottle of a fragrance, or a printed photo; we often attach meanings and emotion to some of our everyday objects. When things go wrong we find hope in that one object. Sometimes simple things can mean so much to one person. One night my boyfriend and I got into an argument about us slipping apart from each other. That night he gave me his favorite cross necklace. While he put it around my neck he said “ take this and don’t ever take it off. Everytime you feel like you are losing me hold on to it, look at it, and remember that this is my promise to you. I will never leave you.” A simple necklace like this means so much to me because I feel as if I have a part of him with me everyday even if he lives miles away.

Tip 4: plan the future.

Even though the both of you do not live in the same area, sometimes not even the same time zone, it’s good to have a plan. We can’t stay in a long distance relationship forever, at some point we need to settle down with each other. Planning the future and making a plan is helpful because when the time comes you will already know what you want and how to handle it. During the time being both of you will work in the same direction towards a future that will includes the both of you.

Tip 5: communicate as much as possible.

Great communication means a great relationship. Talking to your partner as much as you can keeps them updated on your life and shows them that you put in effort. Text them, send each other pictures, call, and video chat with one another. In my relationship we prefer to facetime each other rather than call, because it makes us feel more connected and as if the person was actually there.

Tip 6: stay honest.

Staying honest is the most important thing in any relationship. You need to tell your partner everything in order to keep the bond going.  Avoid risky situations; if you know doing something will upset your partner, do not do it or reassure your partner before you do it. From personal experience, lack of honesty will lead to disconnection. Especially in a long distance relationship gaining someone’s trust back is very tough, because your partner isn’t there to see and believe that you are staying honest and not lying. Being loyal and honest about your choices are key but also be honest about your personal problems. do not try and deal with problems all on your own, let your partner help and support you.

 

My boyfriend’s sister once said, “stay true and it’ll test how strong you guys are.”

My boyfriend and I are now one year and one month. Even though we are both young we both know what we want, and that is each other. Long distance relationship are not easy. It is up to you and your significant other to decide how strong your love is.

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