How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Work

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1129744receiver_Thumb.jpg Talk to each other every day, even if it’s just a five minute phone call to say hello. Make your partner feel like they are a part of your day. Did you see something funny on the way to the grocery store? Had the weirdest dream? Tell them all about it. Just don’t compulsively call them every 5 minutes.

1035501communicate_Thumb.jpg If you plan on the phone being your primary means of communication, consider getting on the same cell phone service provider. A lot of them have calling plans that have unlimited calling to others within the same network. That way you don’t have to worry about running out of minutes, or running up the bill.

896862smileyface_Thumb.jpg When a phone call isn’t the most convenient for both of you, try alternative sources of communication. You could email eachother pictures and e-cards, or chat on an instant messenger service like AOL Instant Messenger or MSN Messenger.

100495webcam2_Thumb.jpg Get a webcam and download a free service like Skype which lets you see and talk to another person in real time through the use of a webcam. Talking on a phone is great, but you can’t beat being able to actually see them smile and laugh while you talk to them.

451586loveletter1_Thumb.jpg If you’ve got the time, write each other letters. You can make them super romantic and cheesy if you’d like, or include little gifts like poems, quizzes, pictures, funny drawings, and flowers. In the future you will cherish these “love letters” greatly.

1115059giftbox_Thumb.jpg From time to time send each other little gift packages. It doesn’t only have to be on a special occasion like their birthday or Christmas or Valentine’s Day, and it doesn’t have to be super extravagant or expensive either. Just something personal that has to do with maybe a shared memory or inside joke or a shared dream for the future. Make it an object to remind both of you how lucky you are to have found each other and to be a part of each other’s lives.

643987henley_Thumb.jpg Keep a personal object to remind you of each other. It could be anything like a scarf sprayed with her perfume or his old t-shirt.

1010282pizzainboxtoo_Thumb.jpg Plan date nights. Stay in, order in the same food, rent the same movie. Go on the webcam or the phone and spend time together.

978884tropicalbeach3_Thumb.jpg Make the time you do spend together as valuable as possible. Plan a romantic getaway or vacation together. It will give you something to look forward to, and planning it together will help you keep in touch while allowing you to share in doing something exciting together.

1075970girlfriends_Thumb.jpg It can get lonely without your honey beside you, so surround yourself with good friends and family. Be sociable and keep busy to stop yourself from dwelling on your situation or feeling sorry for yourself.

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