By: Anagabriela Medina
Long distance relationships are hard, but they’re not impossible. The key to having a successful LDR is having an end date to see each other, because no one can be together forever if they’ve never even been in the same room together. Whether you’re going to see each other in person for the first time or the eleventh, time apart tends to be your greatest enemy. These are just a few tips I have for my fellow guys or gals in a LDR to make that time apart fly by.
Send care packages
Who doesn’t love coming home to an unexpected gift from someone you really care about? No one, so don’t be afraid to send a package once in a while with something you know your significant other will enjoy. These don’t always have to be large and expensive packages. Just sending letters to one another will be a nice reminder how much you care about each other. Having something physical from each other will make you two feel a little closer even if you still have a few months apart.
When you’re busy, it often feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all of your work done, let alone think about your LDR. You can keep yourself occupied in various ways, from taking up a new hobby to putting in more hours at work. Either way, you’ll be too busy to be sad about being away from your SO and soon you’ll wonder why you ever thought a few months was such a long time.
Plan other things to look forward to
Try setting aside some time and money for that vacation you’ve always wanted to go on or consider buying those tickets to your favorite artist’s concert next month. By making a schedule of other exciting dates, you’ll constantly have something to look forward to. Instead of thinking that you have six more months apart, you can look at it as two events, a vacation and a wedding until you see your boyfriend or girlfriend again.
It’s easy to get discouraged sometimes while in a LDR. You’ll wish your boyfriend was there in person to celebrate your birthday with you or that you had your girlfriend to take care of you while you’re sick. As simple as it sounds, staying optimistic throughout the entire relationship makes a big difference. Stay positive for one another and the both of you will be able to make it through the hard and lonely times with much greater ease.