Love from afar: tips

Mackenzie Lewis

Long distance relationships are a hard thing to deal with as adults but for teenagers it is even more difficult because we are at a constant need for attention. A lot of people will say that long distance relationships won’t work out for multiple different reasons but that is not necessarily the truth. Statistically long distance relationships have a 58% success rate. That is over half of Americans. Now take this advice which ever way you want to. Whether you are a half hour away or over 6,000 miles away from each other you can make it work if it is something you are really passionate about.

  • Tip #1: Communication is key. When you are in a relationship with someone far away, who you don’t necessarily get to see everyday, you have to communicate about everything. If you are upset or mad about something you need to talk to your significant other about it once you get the chance because if you never communicate you will grow further and further apart from each other which could cause you to break up in the long run. So if you are to take anything from these tips, let it be this.
  • Tip #2: Always make time to talk to each other. Making time to talk to each other is important. It goes along the lines of communicating but by making time to talk to each other it can change the whole direction of the relationship. Not just a few text messages back and forth. To make the relationship work you have to hear the other person’s voice. So either a FaceTime call or just a normal phone call. Even if it is just once a day it will make your relationship stronger.
  • Tip #3: Stay committed to your partner. Do not cheat on your partner while he/she is away. Staying loyal is a big part of the relationship. If you know you can’t be long without physical touch then do not try for a long distance relationship because you will end up hurting someone else deeply when you knew you couldn’t do it from the get go. Stay loyal and be committed.
  • Tip #4: Trust, Trust, Trust. To be in a long distance relationship you have to put 100% trust in the other person. You have to trust their judgment and trust them to make the right decisions. If you don’t have any trust in the other person and you smother them the relationship is more than likely not going to work out.
  • Tip #5: Don’t lie or keep secrets from your partner. If you are lying to your partner about everything then your relationship is no longer real and you are faking everything. If you are not happy don’t lie and try and save the other person’s feelings because that will hurt them more in the long run.
  • Tip # 6: Be real and keep your eyes on the goal. Stay focused on your work but always stay focused on the person you love. Make sure that both you and your partner are on the same page in your relationship. Be ready to grow with each other even when you aren’t physically together.

Long distance relationships are difficult but not impossible. If you are willing to grow with your partner even when you can’t be in the same room then you can make it work. Long distance relationships take a certain type of person and you have to be willing to do these things in order to make this type of relationship work. Best of luck to you and your partner!