Long Distance Relationships

Long distance relationships are hard but well worth it when you see your loved one after a long while.

Long distance relationships in my mind can be a relationship with your significant other, family, or friends. Since 2001, I have been in a long distance relationship whether it was with my family, friends or my husband. With the technology today, it is very easy to maintain the relationship in my mind, however it can still be very challenging. You can have constant access to the person whether its by phone, text, social media, FaceTime, etc. 

Sameer and I maintained a long distance relationship for more than 2 years before we started living in the same city, which was after we were married. I can honestly say that our relationship is stronger because of our experience living far from each other and visiting one another every 6 -8 weeks. Currently, my long distance relationship is with my Family, which is a bit hard however FaceTime has really helped! 

Below are my tips to get through a long distance relationship: 

– Enjoy every minute of your relationship whether its long distance or if the person lives 2 minutes from you, the memories you make will help make your relationship stronger. 

– Plan every visit when you see them. Do fun and exciting things with the person. For example, Sameer and I always planned a trip to a city in the U.S. which we could explore together. We explored Boston, Washington D.C., Austin, San Antonio, and many more. 

– Communicate daily. Share all experiences throughout your day. Overshare, it will make you feel like the person was there during the experience. My family always made fun of me for taking a picture of everything I did. For example, if I saw something interesting during rush hour traffic, I would take a picture and send it to Sameer. I do the same now and share it with my parents and siblings.  

– Say ” I Love You”. These three words are important to make the person realize they are important and mean a lot to you.

I do have to admit that when you are away from the person during anniversaries, birthday, or special occasions that call for a celebration, it does get tough, however, video chat the person an extra few minutes that day! It will help! 

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Birthday trip to Washington D.C. in 2012

 

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One thought on “Long Distance Relationships

  1. Preach, sister! My boyfriend Harry just went back to Edinburgh after a two week visit. We’ve only been long distance for a few months now but it was so hard! My advice, especially with romantic relationships that you need to work at to sustain, would be to have an end in sight. March 5th was our first goal and now we’re aiming for June 1st, when we should hopefully be moving in together in Toronto. It’s super exciting!

    I also have experience with living away from family and it’s definitely hard and of course you have to work at those relationships as well, but it’s made a lot easier knowing that they will always be there for you.

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