Surviving a Long Distance Relationship

longdistanceLong distance relationships are difficult under the best circumstances. Only couples who are deeply committed and have complete trust in each other are likely to survive a significant time apart. Being away from your partner is unnatural; you instinctively yearn for them. But there are things you can do to compensate for the distance between you.

  1. Be realistic in your expectations. Ideally you’ll see your partner every weekend; inevitably things will come up that keep you apart longer. Roll with the punches when it comes to your opportunities to spend time together and don’t make your partner feel guilty if he has to break your plans.
  2. Schedule ‘dates’ with your partner on Skype. Order the same takeout meal and eat dinner together while you catch up on each other’s day. Or rent the same movie and talk to each other on the phone as you watch it. Use your imagination to find other ways to connect while you’re apart.
  3. Make the most of the time you do get to spend together. If you’re partner is coming for a short visit don’t make plans with other people; focus your attention on reconnecting with each other. If the visit will be longer attend one event with your friends to help your partner connect with your life in your hometown.
  4. Take advantage of technology and enjoy some steamy cyber sex. You can each masturbate with toys while listening to the other describe what they’d like to do to you. Do you have a sex toy shortage.