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Long distance relationships

As the internet has made the world a smaller place, some brave couples embark on a long-distance relationship. Whatever the reason for living apart, it’s no secret that long distance relationships can be difficult to run. Have you ever set out on a long-distance romance?

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In the new age

Not only meeting up is more exciting, but also you control your own space to pursue your interests. A generation ago, long-distance relationships were doomed, reduced to creating a romantic spark through letters. Today, we have smartphones with Facebook, Facetime, Skype, What’s App and lots more. To succeed in a long-distance relationship, you need to operate with new skills.

  • Creating clear parameters where the relationship is going. Think of the time and money travelling to visit each other, plus the emotional energy needed to establish a bond.
  • Keeping in regular daily contact using the phone, email, texts and sending pictures.
  • Don’t ignore face-to-face contact, as the physical side of the relationship is vital for success.
  • Develop trust, as it’s easy to become insecure about your partner’s commitment. Talk through your feelings rather than dwelling on them.
  • Create security by making plans by agreeing clear times for meeting online and agree when the relationship isn’t working.
  • When you talk, try to focus on what’s good about the relationship and avoid revisiting the painful moments.

3 reasons for avoiding a long-distance relationship

  1. You will feel lonely and it’s worse when you’ve had a bad day and need someone to talk to.
  2. Time differences are the killer, as your talking in the morning and your new love is talking after a long work day (their evening); it lacks the romantic spark.
  3. It’s expensive travelling to see your special half, as the costs of plane or train tickets soon mount up.

A long-distance relationship can only be a temporary situation. If the relationship is not going to become closer, then you must cease it and look nearer to home. Although it can be painful to accept, long-distance relationships aren’t for everyone.

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Date: 25 November 2019 by Max Robinson