1. Prioritize Your Relationship
In order to maintain a strong long distance relationship, you have to make the other person and your relationship a priority. That means taking the time find ways to bond and strengthen the intimacy you've already established with your partner(s). Setting time aside every day to video chat or texting throughout the day can make you feel closer to your partner even if you're miles away.
2. Strengthen Your Communication
You'll need to be able to effectively communicate with your partner(s) if you want a strong relationship. Learning how to effectively communicate without misconstruing what the other person meant can decrease the amount of arguments and miscommunications between you and your lover(s). A tip would be to have serious conversations or disagreements while video chatting or talking on the phone. You can't really read a person tone or context via messaging or email.
3. Utilize Your Resources
With all of the technology that's available, it's almost impossible not to stay connected to your partner. Find a messaging system or video messaging system like Skype or FaceTime that you and your partner are comfortable with and use it to keep in touch.
4. Keep the Romance Alive
Just because you're not physically together doesn't mean the romance and passion has to end in your relationship. Keep the flame hot by thinking of new ways to keep your partner thinking of you. Writing love letters, sending small thoughtful gifts, or even surprising your partner can keep them thinking of you weeks after you've sent them sweet nothings.
A long distance relationship doesn't have to mean a relationship doomed to fail. If you incorporate the above tips you can achieve a strong, healthy and close relationship even if you are hundreds of miles away. If you feel as if you need more support with dealing with your long distance relationship, please contact Philadelphia MFT.
Also check out my radio interview on ESPN 1510's show 20 and 10 with Ty Hardamon, discussing Jeanie Buss and Phil Jackson's long distance relationship: 20and10Interview
This topic of the week was written by Alanna Gardner, MFT