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6 Simple Ways to Maintain a Long-Distance Relationship

Ways to Maintain a Long-Distance Relationship

We are going to start by saying that we know long-distance relationships aren’t for everyone. In fact, they often aren’t the first choice for the people actually in a long-distance relationship. However, circumstances change, and rather than throw in the towel, you know when someone is worth waiting for. Check out our six simple ways to maintain a long-distance relationship.

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Set Ground Rules

From the beginning, both partners need to be open about what to expect out of your relationship. For example, the dynamic won’t work if one of you assumes you’re exclusive and the other has different ideas. Long-distance relationships require a high level of trust, but that trust is best channeled into the version of the relationship you both believe in.

Set date nights

You might not be in the same city or even time zone, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t still do things together. Today, you can watch a movie together on Netflix and order the exact same takeout, all while sitting on different couches in different states. Get creative about your date nights to make it fun and continue creating memories together. Some ideas could include:

Make recommendations

What things do you and your partner have in common? Do you like the same movies, TV shows or books? Make recommendations, and then ensure to follow through so that you’ll have more to talk about the next time you’re on a video call. Discussions need to be deeper than how much you miss each other or amorous flirtations.

Send unexpected gifts

Gifts don’t need to be elaborate or pricey. In fact, we recommend that you focus on intimacy rather than expense. For example, you can get beautiful flowers shipped just because it’s Tuesday or send dinner that you can both cook together. Think about giving unexpected surprises now and again.

Stoke the spark

Speaking of flirtation, sexual tension is a fantastic thing, and the delayed gratification can be mind-blowing for when you are actually together. Nudge the boundaries a little, and you might find that you can find out more about your partner’s fantasies and desires from afar than you would from the same bed. Not every communication needs to be sexual, but we all want to know we’re desired.

Make plans

Ideally, never leave each other without making at least a tentative commitment to seeing each other again. Saying goodbye is always gut-wrenching, but the feeling is somewhat eased knowing that the clock is already counting down to when you’ll be together again. Otherwise, it all starts to feel futile, which is when long-distance relationships can quickly crumble.

Maintaining a long-distance relationship takes commitment and responsibility from both people to be romantic and make things work. Relationships come in all types, but you need to focus on each other and make your limited interactions count.

Written by Mark Greene

Mark Greene is writer and life coach dedicated to helping men to perform at peak level. He shares dating advice, style tips and strategies for building wealth and success.