Long-distance relationships tend to be a complex subject to bring up. There is a lot of taboo surrounding the topic. This makes many people believe that it will not work out or last long. However, certain situations call for long-distance relationships. These situations include when a person is attending a new university, employed at a job that requires relocating, and even during the pandemic that we are in now. Circumstances like these make you realize just how much you love your significant other, giving you a chance to show that you are willing to make it work.
So if you are thinking about entering a long-distance relationship, there are four fundamental things that you should keep in mind. These are trust, communication, time, and love languages.
Let’s start with trust. Trust is the basis for a long-distance relationship. If there is no trust to begin with, it may hold back your relationship’s potential. You and your partner must be honest with each other. Being able to trust your significant other from a distance will bring peace, demonstrating its potential for future challenges.
With trust being the foundation of the relationship, communication builds upon it. Communicating with your significant other throughout the distanced relationship is going to be crucial. Communication does not only entail discussing with your partner what you did throughout the day. It also involves relaying your feelings to them. A long-distance relationship is certain to feel terrifying at first, but these are the emotions you and your partner must be able to discuss. Listen intently and with an open mind. There may be issues and insecurities that come up, but you’ll work them out with a little bit of love.
Along with communication is time. You must be able to make time for each other. Texting and talking on the phone is a great way to communicate, but nothing beats time on a video call. Video calls promote the simulation of face-to-face conversation and intimacy. To make this possible, start by creating a schedule for each other and set date nights. Recreating the ambiance of a dinner date will help promote a sense of togetherness.
Lastly, figuring out your partner’s love language as well as your own is what will ease your relationship. As observed in a former article of ours, the ability to express love through the five love languages varies between each of us. These languages include words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Identifying which love language pertains to your partner and yourself will help you find the best way to connect with them.
At the end of the day, every relationship has its ups and downs and your relationship depends on what you and your partner contribute to its success. Being able to communicate and trust each other will result in a very successful long-distance relationship.
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