Wednesday, July 17, 2024

    Relationship: How To Handle A Long Distance Affair

    It is the belief of most people that long distance relationships never work out. Well it is no fault of theirs for having such school of thought. This is because a lot of long distance relationships we know about don’t usually turn out successful. Lots of discouragement from friends and family come with this kind of relationship as well.However, not withstanding the bad vibes which circles around long distance relationship, this relationship might just be one of the best kind of relationship. It would not be easy considering the distance, but a lot of good can come off it. Let’s see how we can benefit from a long distance relationship and how we could make it work with these 5 simple steps.
    Constant Communication: Its certain that you won’t be seeing each other often, so it is crucial that you create and maintain a connection that won’t be breached easily. The conversations doesn’t have to be long or too serious, it just has to be frequent. Frequent communication no matter how short shows that you care and you can make out time for your partner out of your busy schedule. It also makes it easier to keep up to date with each others lives. If you allow large gaps to pass by, your everyday experiences fade into the background, and you will have to start from scratch every time you speak. Also learn your partner’s preferred method for communication. Be sure to try a variety of technologies to see what works best for you both.You can try texting, emailing, or video-calling to keep up to date with little daily details of your lives.
    If there is any adjustment concerning your schedule, let your partner know and still try to stay in contact. If you are not as busy as your partner, get something doing to keep you busy so that you can be flexible.
    Visits: Make out time to visit each other regularly or as your budget permits. Seeing each other in person is very necessary. Make plans for the next visit as soon as each one ends or create a visiting schedule. Face-to-face communication is just as important as relationship satisfaction and trust. Create your own rituals around your visits, like eating at a favourite restaurant, enjoying a quiet night together at home, or sharing a favourite activity. Smooth out travel logistics so they don’t get in the way of your time together. Always travel light or leave basics at your partner’s place. Have a spot where you guys would meet either at the airport or train station. Sometimes, meet away from home, visit a place together that is new to the both of you or a place half way between both of you.
    Get To Know Each Other More: You sheuld be able to spend time getting to know and understanding each other. When in a conversation, take note of things your partner enjoys the most, like hobbies or favorite activities. Try doing a little research on it in order to have something more to discuss. Knowing each other’s preferences will also help when you want to exchange gifts. Gift exchange is just another way to communicate your feelings for each other over the long distance.
    Don’t Forget Your Partner Is Human: Distance can make the heart grow fonder and also make you idealize your partner. This can make your relationship stable but extreme idealizations will make it difficult to bond with the actual person. Maintaining day-to-day communication about your lives will help you see your partner as human and become aware of changes your partner might be going through.
    Learn To Support Each Other: Always be there for your partner if your partner needs your support. You need to make yourself available to help so your partner knows you care. One thing you should know is if your partner solves issues all by themselves, they tend not to need you any more. You should be able to act against your own self-interest for the benefit of you partner and for your relationship. Try to create room for interdependence between you and your partner. Interdependence can be seen in everyday activities like compromising on decisions and long-term behaviour like quitting nasty habits.Photo Credit: Getty

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