My boyfriend and I have been dating for just over 5 years, and have been doing long distance for a year and half (and counting). I honestly don’t know if it actually counts as a long distance relationship considering we’re only 3 and a half hours and 336 km away from one another.
Anyways, here are some of the things that help both of us cope with the drawbacks of a long distance relationship:
1.) Make plans: Setting dates, or possible dates, gives both partners something to look forward too.
2.) Keep each other up to date: texting is a great way to keep your significant other in the loop of what is going on. Whether its a quick “going out with the girls, I’ll call you when Im home” , or a long good night call explaining what your day consisted of, it helps stay connected with each other.
3.) Communication & Honesty: This is important in any relationship but is key in staying sane in a long distance relationship. Tell your significant other what your doing and/or how your feeling!! Sounds so simply but can be very hard (especially the feelings).
4.) Effort on both Ends: It’s important for both partners to make effort throughout the relationship (long distance or not). Whether this effort be making the drive on a long weekend, calling to check in or making the other feel special and appreciated is important.
5.) Facetime & Snapchat: These two platforms are a great way to help make the distance easier.
6.) Netflix dates: Weekends are especially hard for me when I’m alone and don’t really have anything to do expect school. Setting a time where both of you can sit down and watch a movie or an episode from your favourite series together (ours is house and Game of Thrones) helps with the loneliness and makes it feel like your together.