Long-Distance Relationships: 8 Things You Need to Know Now

Some couples actually flourish in a “LDR” and some will flounder. Read on for the eight tips you must know if you are to embark on a long distance love affair!

Tip #7

Tackle the monogamy question"”is your situation one that is exclusively faithful or just loosely dating? Establish who visits whom and how often. Express what you're really looking for.

Tip #8

Get creative; send your partner a romantic mixed CD, a sweet card, flowers or homemade cookies — or even a plane ticket!

Tip #1

Long-distance relationships often last because those couples tend to idealize each other a bit more, rarely seeing the daily ups and downs of their partner's mood and behaviors.

Tip #2

Researchers suggest that long-distance relationships have a better chance of lasting if you can increase the quality as well as the frequency of interactions. Nowadays, there are plenty of ways to increase communication! Webcams, test messaging, phone calls, and emails can all supplement face-to-face communication.

Tip #3

Good communication skills are key--you have to be willing to put yourself out there and express how you feel. Make sure to talk about everything, just as you would if you saw your partner every day.

Tip #4

Long-distance relationships offer one advantage over local ones: they pose a chance to build a relationship more slowly. Getting to know the right person incrementally over time can forge a strong and powerful union.

Tip #5

Fight the lonely bouts by keeping yourself busy with friends, family and loved ones, and continually nurture your social ties. If you've already begun to drift away from friends since beginning a long-distance relationship, give those friends a call and make some plans. A happy, healthy person is one with a supportive social network.

Tip #6

Banish jealousy whenever it rears its ugly head because it will eat you alive in a long-distance relationship. The fears we conjure in our minds are often worse than the reality of the situation. If you're worried about "cheating" and are caught between the poles of "well, we're not really together together," snap out of it and get talking to your partner.

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