Friday, February 16, 2018

Five Tips for Long Distance Couples

It's still February, which means it's time for another Love Blog post. My original goal was to write a post for every prompt, but life happens and it just hasn't worked out this year. So, instead, I've made sure to commit to the four topics that I'm helping cohost. Today's topic happens to be "challenges," so I'm going to be sharing some of our tips for overcoming the challenge of long distance dating.


Before we dive into the tips, I want to give you a little background in case your new to the blog. My husband I had have been married for almost four years. During those four years, we have spent nearly half of our time apart due to deployments and prior to getting married, we were a long distance couple for a year with the entire country between us. (Luckily, we did spend our first year of dating in the same location.)

That's the quick version of our relationship and why we can share tips for long distance relationships. We both went into long distance a bit hesitant, but in the end, we thrived and made it work for us. I'm a firm believer that with a little hard work and commitment, long distance doesn't have to be hard. Below you'll find five quick tips to help you overcome some of the challenges that come with long distance relationships.

1. Communicate with each other.
The biggest tip I can give to any long distance couple is to communicate with each other. In fa ct, I recommend making communication a priority. Talk about your expectations so that both people are on the same page. We tried to talk to each other every day. It was a bit more difficult during deployments, but we still tried to get a quick email sent to each other. With today's technology, there are multiple ways to stay in touch including snail mail, email, texting, phone calls, skype, and so many more. Find what works for your relationship and make it a priority.

2. Avoid comparison.
Don't compare your relationship to any other relationship - even other long distance relationships. Some people need more attention in a relationship than others. For us, we were pretty happy if we had a daily check in with each other. Some couples may need more or less and that's okay. The comparison game can get pretty scary if you allow yourself to play it too long. Focus on your relationship and not the ones around you. Every relationship is different.

3. Surprise each other.
Keep the surprise alive within your relationships. Snail mail and deliveries are perfect for this one. I've found that small, unexpected gestures can mean more than big ones. I'll never forget the time the husband sent flowers to my workplace simply because I was having a hard week and had told him about it. He was clear across the country but was still able to surprise me.

4. Plan visits when possible.
Visits are what keep you going when you're in the middle of a long distance relationship. It gives you something to look forward to. That being said, visits aren't always easy and there can be many months between them at times. I believe our longest time between visits was eight months. It was a hard eight months, but it was so worth it in the end. The beauty of a long distance relationship is that you get a new first kiss every time you meet again.

5. Lean on your local support system.
Find your local support system and lean on them. I'm not talk about a formal support group. I'm talking about your friends and family that are there for you. Keep yourself busy and lean on these people when times get tough. A listening ear can mean a world of difference in the long run.

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?


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6 comments:

  1. These are such great tips! I did the long distance relationship thing once and it didn't go bad. I found that communication was key for us. We talked daily and kept each other up on our lives, this helped us feel part of each other's lives.

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  2. I have many friends who've had to or are facing long distance relationships, these are good tips and reminders!

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