How to Survive a Long Distance Relationship

Sharing your life with your better half is undoubtedly the most precious and fulfilling thing in life. Unfortunately, certain circumstances sometimes impede comparting your day-to-day life with your loved one and force you to maintain a Long Distance Relationship. Although it is a common belief that Long Distance Relationships are doomed to fail right from the beginning, this does not necessarily have to be true.

As long as the partners are prepared to invest time in their relationship and fully trust each other, chances are high that the relationship will last and prosper. It is not easy but if both parties work together and have common goals the situation becomes bearable.

Skype is a wonderful tool for staying connected with your partner. However, just talking can become dull, especially, if you are facing several months of separation. Unfortunately, COVID-19 increases the uncertainty of not knowing when you will be able to see each other again. Therefore, it has become increasingly important to create memories and find activities in order to stay connected.

Play Video Games

Gaming can enhance your relationship in an unexpected way. As you are constantly interacting with each other, you create a bond through the joint experience. Luckily, there are various types of video game genres and the chance of finding a game you both enjoy is high.

Play “Board Games” or “Card Games”

However, if video games are not your favorite thing, why not try and play a virtual board or card game? There are endless possibilities and websites you can choose from. I recommend playing classics such as “Scrabble“, “UNO” or “Chess“.

Read a Book

Whilst skyping you are forced to constantly look at a screen which can gradually become tiring. Therefore, you may wish to return to analog by reading a book to each other. As with video games, there are so many different genres you can choose and the likelihood of finding a book that interests you both are high. This way you can also improve your reading skills and learn new vocabulary as a valuable side-effect.

Acquire a New Skill/Language

Why not acquire a new shared skill with your partner in order to strengthen your relationship? The World Wide Web offers countless possibilities and websites such as “Skillshare” or “Babbel” where you can learn new skills or languages. Maybe you will even discover a hidden talent!

Training

Everybody knows how difficult it can be to motivate oneself to train, especially during COVID-19. Nevertheless, it is important to stay healthy and if you cannot motivate yourself ask your partner to either train you, i.e. become your personal trainer or ask him/her to join you. Either way, it will be a fun activity from which you will both benefit.

Watch Movies/Series

An all-time favorite is watching a movie or a series together and, luckily, there are so many streaming platforms on the internet that it will be very hard not to find something you both enjoy.

Buy each other gifts

Being romantic may become increasingly difficult but even through Skype, you can pay close attention to your partner’s wishes and needs. Maybe your partner uttered in a side sentence that he misses a certain candy from your country or he recently complained about not having enough socks. This is a perfect opportunity to make his face light up by surprising him with a gift.

“Go for a Walk”

We are lucky to live in the 21st century where everybody possesses a smartphone with internet access. So let us make appropriate use of it! Even though you are not physically able to go on a walk with your partner why not call him whilst you are strolling around town?

Official Date Night

Even in non-long distance relationships having date nights are essential to keeping the spark alive, so why sacrifice these special nights? Choose a day that suits both and come up with fun things to do during your date. This can range from cooking or baking to “visiting” a museum or festival “together”.

Be naughty

Sexual tension is undoubtedly one of the most important things between couples. It is like a glue that keeps both parties from drifting apart. Not only is sex a biological need but also an emotional. You can keep the flames burning by sending each other teasing texts or filled with sexual innuendos and provocative descriptions. However, if both desire more, why not buy each other toys to discover a whole new world of pleasure?

I hope that these ideas will help you bridge your time even though you might be miles apart. However, if you ever feel sad just remind yourself why you are doing it and view it as an opportunity that strengthens your relationship immensely.

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