It’s true; dating is difficult. But dating long distance is demanding and difficult. It’s rarely in anyone’s plans to find love in a neighboring city, but then again, who’s to say where and when we find love? It’s just up to us to make our relationships work in any and every way possible.
However, there are many aspects to navigating an LDR. Which is why we’ve rounded up eight of the best dating tips to make your long-distance relationship work.
The most important tool in an LDR is communication. Effectively communicating can alleviate future misunderstandings and is pertinent if you’re dating an overthinker. Discuss how your day went, mention if something they said last week bothered you, play a game together. There are many ways to speak, whether it be through phone calls, text, social media, or even zoom calls; make sure it happens, and it is well received. Without communication, a relationship can’t exist.
If you’re a night owl, and they’re an early bird, then things can get a little tricky. Coordinate your daily schedule, and make time to find a meeting ground on when to chat. Quick FaceTime calls are always helpful to simply check-in, see their face and hear their voice. Make it a priority to make time for each other.
Life outside of relationships gets a bit hectic. And while these small issues may take priority in your day-to-day life, it’s important to make your personal life and significant other a priority too. Show them that they still are an important part of your daily routine; let your actions speak for themselves.
Discuss your dealbreakers. What are some non-negotiable factors that you and your s.o refuse to waiver on? Communicate with your partner about the dos and don’ts of your LDR relationship. These deal breakers are pivotal in discussing how you two plan to move forward in achieving a new level of comfort in your relationship.
Date Each Other
If your date night consists of a candlelit dinner, wine, and a zoom call, then don’t worry because you’re not alone – just in 2020. Date night is still possible; even if it’s virtual, make it a real thing. Get dressed, spritz on a sexy scent, have a nice glass of wine, and enjoy the moment. Remember the small things, too; sending bouquets or small random gifts is always a thoughtful act to let your partner know you’re thinking about them.
Spice It Up
Sex is major in any relationship, and this is obviously one of the key strains of having an LDR. But there are ways around it; believe us, it simply requires a bit more creativity than usual. Play fun games to and tease each other with. Try intimate toys where your partner can control them. Or even give them a sexy burlesque show via zoom; you’d be surprised what you can achieve with good lighting and perfect angles.
Make it fun. Relying on phone calls and texts becomes a bit monotonous after a while. Try bonding through cooking together or reading the same book. Think forwardly, hide gifts at their place while your visiting so they can find them later, spray perfume on their pillow so when they go to sleep they’ll think of you.