How do I cope with a long-distance relationship?
Last Updated: 10/13/2020 at 8:34am
Jennifer Fritz, LMSW, PhD
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Day to day life can be stressful and overwhelming and my strength is assisting my clients in a supportive, empowering and practical manner.
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I am not a relationship expert, but I am in a long-distance relationship. It is hard, at times. But there are things you can do to make it more bearable: skype, video calls, phone calls, there are a lot of apps for long-distance couples now, to feel less far away from each other. Sends little but thoughtful gifts, or old fashioned letters, or cards, even the smallest things can mean a lot to the other person, and you will let them know you are thinking of them. Internet is wonderful for this as well: you can find a lot of advice and tips and tricks on how to cope, how to make it fun for both, how to keep in contact (I use Pinterest and various websites to look for advice or inspiration). In these types of relationships (for me, at least), love is always what fuels you to keep going, to not give up, to keep counting down the days you are going to see each other again, to be strong for your future together. If there is enough love, it is all worth it and it will not feel a burden to skype or text each other goodnight, but a sweet habit. And if there is not enough love, it is nothing to be ashamed of. It happens, we are all humans.
Being in a long distance relationship can get quite difficult due, quite blatantly the lack of physical contact. One way to cope with this (other than visiting as often as possible), is to find ways to do things that you both enjoy doing together when in person, like watching movies. It may be a little different than watching movies in person, but you still get to share that time together. Maybe sit down on a call with one another and play the movie at the same time and watch together. Some other ideas include cooking recipes together, playing video games, chatting, etc. You can also try to distract yourself from the problem of distance with your own unique coping strategies until you are able to see each other again.
Long distance relationships are indeed hard to deal with. And in my opinion it is all about communication, trust and understanding. When you enter long distance relationship the physical part is cut off and all there is, is communication that stays for some period you are physical apart. So good communication is really important, as well as trusting the other person. Being honest about your true emotions behind the devices you communicate, share everything between you two. And thing can work out for you.
I am in a long distance relationship since 20th march. It is a hard and challenging thing. You and him/her should always have a goal, for example, my goal is that i will move with him in 2 years. We allways encourage each other that is not that much time and that it will pass easily. If you don't have that in mind, you can have as a goal meeting him in x time. This will keep your relation going. This is the easyest way to cope: seeing each other as often as possible, but if u can't do that you should try to be patient, try to not argue with him/her too much, be kind to each other, talk all day, watch a movie together, have a photo with him/her in your purse or something, always be there for him. It is hard but you can make it feel easier.
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