Dating advice for long distance relationships
Co-authored by Jody Porowski, CEO of Avelist I told my (long distance) boyfriend that I was writing this article and asked if he had any tips for others in our position. Three words actually: "Don't do it." And I'm not gonna lie, I pretty much agree.
But if long distance love calls and you must answer, here are some tips from my/our experience. I'd actually never been in a long distance relationship before this one so I didn't really know what to expect. I don't think I realized how much "normal" relationships are spent just experiencing life together.
When you first start dating someone, it's easy to imagine everything is perfect.
While a month without my hubby might seem laughable, this wasn't my first time doing long distance, and it reminded me of some hard-earned lessons from my LDR days.
As a seasoned veteran of the LDR, I can tell you, long distance is never ideal, but if you do each phase right, you can be more connected than those couples who have their guy in the same town.
While it's totally fine to ride the high of love that absence can magnify, it's important to focus on building healthy long-distance dating habits from the very start to set your relationship up for success.
Set up regular date nights, set clear boundaries for your personal time, and make getting to know one another the focus of your conversations—not so much the withdrawal you are going through by being apart. If long-distance is new to your established relationship, you'll recognize the empty space where your partner used to be in your day.
In fact, some of these couples get to know each other quite well because of these lengthy, late night Skype chats.