Closer Together, but Miles Apart
If you’ve ever been in a long-distance relationship, you know it can be a real challenge—especially if you prefer all-inclusive, day-to-day interactions over limited time together. But, the key to a successful long-distance relationship when it comes to time spent together is quality over quantity, and however you define quality depends on you and your significant other. That’s something you’ll need to figure out before you build the framework of your long-distance relationship.
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For example, the rules for two college students who only see each other on school vacations may be vastly different than the rules for a professional couple whose careers require geographic separation. Married couples forced by circumstance to transition from living together every day to weekend visitations are faced with a whole other set of issues.
Use Technology to Stay Connected
FaceTime, Skype, and other technology can certainly add a new dimension to any romantic tale of two cities. Once the face of your significant other pops up on the screen of your favorite device, the distance between you can evaporate for a few moments. But it doesn’t change the basic oxymoron of the situation: apart togetherness. You and your special someone are trying to maintain a sense of oneness from two different places.
To make the most of your time apart, consider these four suggestions:
1. Go the Extra Mile
According to couples who’ve experienced the long-distance relationship reality, a relationship that does not have a strong, solid base of honesty and trust will never survive. That said, even with the basic essentials, success still requires you both go the extra mile. That means you need to make each other feel heard and special. You need to find mutually agreeable times to communicate and be an integral part of each other’s daily lives. This takes a supersized effort on both your parts. However, if you take the extra time to find fun, unique ways to express your feelings for each other, you will be rewarded with the closeness and intimacy you seek.
2. Create a Practical Schedule
Sit down together and create a visitation schedule that is comfortable for both of you. Make sure you’re both traveling an equal amount of time and decide upon a cap for the length of time you will go without seeing each other. Whether it’s two or six weeks, do whatever it takes not to exceed your limit. Sticking to the plan will take those arguments that start with “When are you coming?” off the table and allow both parties to relax and enjoy the anticipation of the next visit. You will also want to schedule opportunities for extended FaceTime or Skype sessions. Put them on the calendar and approach them as you would any other appointment. Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and make it a date.
3. Don’t Wait Until Bedtime
Many long-distance couples make the mistake of waiting until the end of the day to communicate. The premise is to catch up with the events of the day and say goodnight. But, bedtime, when you are exhausted from a stressful day, is probably the worst time to try to have a fun, spirited conversation. There is certainly no shortage of ways to communicate during the day, even if you don’t have time to actually talk. Shoot a text or an email just to keep in touch at various intervals and you will feel more involved in each other’s lives. It’s lovely to have a quick phone call before bedtime to say goodnight, but if that is your only communication all day, it may fall short of expectations and leave you feeling disconnected.
4. Decide What You’ll Do When You Reunite
With limited time together, the pressure for every visit to be meaningful and momentous is huge. Sometimes it works out that way. Sometimes it doesn’t. Deciding how to spend the time is the first hurdle. Do you spend all of your time alone or will it be a social visit that includes other couples? How about family? Chances are they will want to see you too. Maybe one of you will need to spend some of the time working or studying. Or, maybe there are important issues to discuss that you’ve been saving for a face-to-face discussion. Answer yes to even one of those questions and it’s a safe bet there will be issues intruding on your idyllic weekend.
Stay Ahead of the Game
Though you have the best intentions, you are both human and humans have disagreements. However, you’ll be ahead of the game if you remain open-minded and try to enjoy each other’s company in whatever way circumstances dictate. A conversation ahead of time about expectations would go a long way toward avoiding any miscommunication. It’s clear that when it comes to dealing with a long-distance relationship, thoughtful communication is at the epicenter of success. Talk to each other, and more importantly, listen to each other. You can always talk to a love psychic and find out if your relationship will go the distance.
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