Nobody can say that technology hasn't brought us closer together. Apps such as Skype, Facebook or Instagram have made it possible for us to chit-chat with our relatives who live far away or get to take a peek into their daily lives. But it also changed the nature of relationships – more and more people find their match on the other side of the globe.
Embarking on a long-distance relationship has its own challenges. Is it easy to be in such a relationship? Definitely not, as it comes with its own set of rules that you have to think about. But even so, it's not impossible to have such a relationship if both of you stay committed. If you are in one, take a look at some of the ways by which you can make this relationship stronger:
Have something to look forward to together
One of the biggest reasons long-distance relationships don't work is that the parties do not have anything to look forward to. This is the first long-distance relationship lesson: make sure to plan exciting things you will do together. Planning can be a bummer, especially in a relationship. What happened to all those surprise visits or unplanned walks that both of you decide to take at the very last moment?
As you will miss this relationship's spontaneity, you would have to work together to find things that both of you will look forward to the next time you see each other. This could always be certain trips that you might take around the world, or simply plan out an exciting weekend with activities that both of you would like to do, but will not do without each other.
Make sex interesting
Next up, let's talk about sex. If your long-distance relationship is working, then it means that your sex life is good. If it weren't, you would probably be in another relationship where you could at least wine and dine together every single day. That is why sex is essential in this case, no matter if it’s a priority to you in general or not.
To make your sex life more interesting, it would be a great idea to make use of some exciting adult toys that will help you spice up your sex life a bit more. Perhaps you don't need them, but there's no harm in giving them a try. Who knows, maybe you will find this interesting enough to change the dynamics of your long-distance relationship.
Since you're not close to each other very often, make sure to know how to communicate. Jealousy is never a pleasant guest in these cases, just like bad communication. Always be open to your partner, make sure they know all the insecurities you have, and work together on them. An essential tip would be not to make communication a chore – you don't have to communicate because you have to, but make this an organic occurrence. Talk when you want to, but be frank.
Plan your future
Long-distance relationships can work, of course, but only if both parties are fully committed to the task. However, you do have to think about your future and talk about it. See if and when you will be in the same place and when you will make this relationship into a completely normal one. Remember that long-distance relationships cannot thrive without hope, so hope is what both of you need. Who, out of the two of you, can move? Who can find a job, and where would you both like to live? Make sure both of you are on the same page, and once you do so, you will see that communication will be even better.
Don't give up
As a final piece of advice – never give up on a relationship if you're happy. Of course, being far away from the person you love is not an easy task, but you will find the motivation to make it happen once you know where you're headed. Rather talk together about what it is you can do to make this as painless as possible for the time being and plan out your next steps.
Nobody was happy that their partner lived 10 hours away. This is a nerve-wracking situation, and more often than not, you will find yourself in the unbearable state of missing your partner. But everything is possible if both of you are ready for it. Talk, be open, and most importantly – do not let your relationship die of boredom. Plan interesting things for when you are together.