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You’re in the right place. We’re about to do a deep dive into the whole long distance relationship thing, AKA the LDR.
Does absence really make the heart grow fonder?
Yes and no.
Long distance relationships aren’t easy to manage, that’s for certain. But they’re not automatically doomed for failure, especially if you’re willing to put in the energy to succeed in a relationship where your partner is hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
Let me just start out by saying that long distance relationships absolutely can work. You just need some tools for success, and I’m going to give those to you today.
P.S. While you’re here, check out my free Love Texting Report. Texting is such a huge part of a long distance relationship, so you’ll want to up your texting game by sending your guy these three free texts:
Couples in long distance relationships may be closer than other couples.
Just because there may be a heightened sense of intimacy in the relationship because you are discussing those more intimate and deep topics, there are also some major downfalls when it comes to long distance relationships.
How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Work Tip #1: Get a Road Map for the Future
You need a map to figure out your destination in this relationship.
I mean, if there’s no plan to eventually be together, what’s the point? Are you just going to be in this long distance relationship forever?
I don’t think so.
Be real about the logistics of your relationship, because if you continue to lie to yourself and think, oh, we’ll just address that later, you’re going to waste so many precious years of your life hoping that something’s going to change when it’s just not. As hard as it will be, let this relationship go before it hurts even more.
How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Work Tip #2: Focus on Quality, Not Quantity
Make him miss you. Don’t text him throughout the day!
I think most people really get this wrong when it comes to figuring out how to make a long distance relationship work because they think that constant contact is the best way to maintain the relationship. It’s ok to not be in constant contact.
How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Work Tip #3: Set Clear Expectations
Make sure he understands what you expect of him.
Don’t assume that your partner knows what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate in the relationship. It never hurts to define expectations for one another.
You want to make sure he knows exactly what you expect of him, whether that’s:
Him calling you every night or at least texting if he’s out
Not going out with other women (friends or otherwise)
Not making plans on certain nights that you usually have your
weekly catch-up FaceTime session
How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Work Tip 4: When You See Each Other Go Easy On The Activities
Have some downtime together to bond.
Learn how to just be with each other, and have as normal a day as possible with one another.
But once they move in with each other or spend more time with each other post-LDR, life naturally just gets boring, and then they think that there’s something wrong with the relationship. But the reality is and I’m sad to say it: relationships kind of get boring sometimes, especially if your day to day life is pretty much the same.
And that’s perfectly okay.
How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Work Tip #5: Surprise Him!
Do something out of the ordinary to surprise your man.
Long distance relationships can be monotonous. You get used to not seeing each other, and you start to lose that passion and excitement you had at the beginning. The best remedy for this? Surprise your man every once in a while.
And he’ll feel so special, knowing how much you love him. He may even reciprocate with his own surprises!
So that’s all I’ve got on long distance relationships! What has been your experience with long distance relationships and have they worked out for you? Leave a comment below.
Surprise your man tonight with a super flirty text! In my Love Texting Report, you can get more than 100 texts (for inspiration or to copy and paste) you can use in your long distance relationship to get that romance back in the relationship: