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How to Care for Long Distance Relationships While Abroad

The decision to be in a long-distance relationship is a tough one, although it allows you to enjoy the precious time you do get with your partner. It helps you both grow in many ways and helps you have a life of your own, outside of your relationship. Being in a long-distance relationship is a journey of growth, both individually and together.

If you have recently moved from a country, like Saudi Arabia, and are trying to maintain your relationships, there are some tips you can try to keep the relationship strong.

Distance makes the heart grow fonder, after all, even if things can go south sometimes. Websites like BetterHelp can help you overcome some of the conflicts that you’re likely to face once in a while, and the list below should help you and your partner strengthen your long-distance relationship.

Communicate regularly and effectively

The art of communication is said to be one of the most important things to master when one is set to be in a long-distance relationship. The link between communication and long-distance relationships is different for every couple, which is also what makes it the true test of one’s relationship. 

What way work for some couples, may not work for you; therefore, it is important to have a discussion with your partner regarding effective communication methods. 

Iron out the details

Some examples include scheduling a time in the day to catch up or planning weekly video dates. Making sure that you are both clear on time zones and time differences is important in scheduling calls and virtual dates. Be understanding and know that even after planning calls/dates, things may not always go according to plan. 

To schedule a good time to unwind and reconnect with your partner, being honest about your tasks and activities required for the day is important. Not only does this help pick a convenient time well in advance, but also helps your partner understand the kind of day you are having.

Variety is the spice of life

Talking is not always necessary and isn’t the only way you can feel closer to your significant other. 

Watching a movie or playing an online board game are also great options on slow days where you just want each other’s company. Establishing a unique and silly routine, like sending a picture every time you see a dog or hear a certain song, can let the other person know you’re thinking about them with less pressure.

Communicating effectively also means being transparent about what you are feeling, even if it may seem silly. Regular and effective communication paired with rules that suit both equally is the basis of a healthy and successful relationship.

Surprise your significant other

Planning or a surprise for your partner doesn’t have to be only on special occasions. Celebrating your partner every day is an extra thing you can do for your relationship. 

You can send them a box of their favorite dessert, flowers, tickets to their favorite movie, or just gift them something they’ve been indecisive about buying. A gift doesn’t always have to be materialistic; it could be a long, sweet letter, making them a virtual photo album, or planning a surprise Skype date. 

Although these gifts and surprises are thoughtful and romantic, reassurance and spending quality time with your significant other will always be the best gift you can give them.

Ignore the noise around you

“Long-distance relationships seldom work!” or “You both are this far apart, it would never work out!” are things that every couple in a long-distance relationship has probably heard time and again. 

The decision to be in a long-distance relationship is hard, but as with everything in life, there are pros and cons to being miles apart from your partner. Deciding to be together and to support each other no matter what, is a beautiful feeling, but spending all your free time with your significant other does not always help you both grow as individuals. 

Having separate lives that involve each other can be a healthy form of a relationship, long-distance or otherwise. Being apart helps you grow individually and explore your hobbies and interests to the fullest. 

Negative comments from people might feel constant, but learning to ignore them is extremely important, as these comments can target your insecurities. Being away from your significant other can get lonely and exhausting, but during those times, you must remember why you chose to be together and work through being in a long-distance relationship.

Be patient and have faith

Although cliché and easy to say, being patient isn’t easy when you are miles apart from your significant other. On days that are better than others, reassure your partner that you will see each other soon or talk about the things you’d do together once you’re reunited.

A big part of having faith in both your partner and your relationship is being honest and open about your feelings, no matter how raw or silly they sound. Keep in mind that being frustrated is not uncommon, but try understanding that if you feel lonely and worn out, chances are your partner feels the exact same way. Reconnecting can inspire you to beat these negative feelings.  

While being in a long-distance relationship may seem scary at first, it has many benefits for individual growth. When you and your partner are miles apart, the time you spend together will be invaluable. You might realize that the distance isn’t so bad after all. 

Being in a long-distance relationship will teach you patience and may just show you how to love your partner unconditionally.

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