Keeping a long distance relationship alive can be a real challenge. In addition to the usual relationship drama there is the added stress of not having the physical contact with your partner. Dealing with the distance in a positive way will require some creativity and a true commitment to making the relationship work.
Elements that Help to Keep The Fires Burning
Sometimes things happen in our life that requires us to move from one location to another. If we are involved in a meaningful relationship that may mean physical separation from someone that we love.
Keeping the long distance relationship alive and strong will require a lot of effort. Some people are surprised to find that a long distance relationship may require a greater time commitment than other relationships.
In case you are wondering how this possible I will try to explain. To begin, every relationship requires a certain amount of time and attention if it is to flourish. Some people require more time and attention if they are to feel loved and needed. When add miles of separation into a relationship you will need to invest time for phone calls, emails, text messages, letters, cards, and, well you probably get the idea by now. You will need to communicate as often as possible and in various ways if you can. The more often you communicate the better. Daily conversations and updates of what is happening in each other's life will help you 'stay in touch' with one another in a way that helps to maintain the relationship.
This daily communication can consume a lot of time. Other time will be used to travel in order to see each other as often as possible. Some couples find that meeting in between their homes works out nicely. Not only does that cut down on the travel time for each but it also means that you will be meeting in a place that is new to both of you. That can have both advantages and disadvantages.
The advantage is that you will not be around friends. The disadvantage is that you will not be around friends. But if having time alone together is your goal then that is a great option. Your meetings will clearly be an added expense. Trust will be essential to making the relationship last. Both partners must also be trustworthy. Jealousy is a culprit cause problems in many relationships but in a long distance relationship jealousy will often result in the dissolution of the partnership.
Develop A Plan Early In the Long Distance Relationship With so many obstacles to overcome it is wise to have a plan for maintaining the relationship. Decide early on how you will communicate and how often. Make plans related to meetings. Talking about when you will next meet gives the two of you something to look forward.
Decide if you are going to meet at a neutral location or if one of you will visit the other. Consider the expenses involved and decide how they will be covered. Because you will not have the luxury of physical contact with your partner as often as you would like you may want to have conversations about what you are missing. Some couples find that phone sex is fun and that it helps to alleviate some of the frustrations associated with a long distance relationship.
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