Long-distance relationships are difficult enough without the effects of a global pandemic looming. The absence of personal touch and colliding schedules can lead to one of two outcomes – you either make it or break it.
It’s definitely not the first choice for many who, like me, have lived to the ripe old age of their mid-to-late twenties with failed relationships hither and yonder, but here we are hopelessly in love with someone miles away.
After being faced with this obstacle myself, I’ve accumulated a list of three guidelines that have helped me keep my sanity.
Video Calling. Video Calling. Video Calling.
I know this seems like a given considering the obvious obstacle, but trust me on this one, it really does work to close the distance. In order to successfully integrate this method, you and your significant other should set aside a specified time every day and stick to it.
Respond to texts – Even if you’re angry.
Fighting during your time apart can often isolate you even more than you’re currently feeling through quarantine, but I implore you – don’t shut down communication. It’s perfectly acceptable to take time out to calm down, but don’t shut down indefinitely. You can’t fix it if neither of you knows the root of the issue.
Ever heard the saying, “a little bit of jealousy is sexy”? Trust me, it’s not. Especially when you’re calling your partner ten to twenty times in one go. Use this time to rediscover yourself. The great part about long-distance is that you’re able to keep up with your hobbies and maintain your individuality.
Long-distance is not for the faint of heart but in the end, it is worth the sacrifices that you and your partner are currently making. Remember though, it is a two-way street, and if you find yourself walking alone, here’s a fun fact: there are roughly eight billion people in the world. Your one will find you eventually.
Written by: Talia Jeethendra