Lifestyle: Long Distance Love

I’m sure most of you know by now, but I’m in a long distance relationship due to university. I told the details in full a few months back, but basically we met at the beginning of sixth form at the sweet age of sixteen, got together within a few months, spent two years together before we travelled to university 200 miles apart. We’ve now been long distance for nearly two years, and we have at least another two years ahead of us. This Sunday will mark the start of our third year apart, as I move to Surrey to commence my placement. It’s bittersweet – the end of a short summer together, but we’re hopefully over halfway there! Here’s my tips for going long distance, and how to cope:

 photo 1157450_10151785402043516_1823432763_n_zps74278bb0.jpgDon’t compare yourself to other relationships. Be they people who live together, or people who are in an LDR with a lesser distance between them, you don’t know the details of their relationship. I’ve had people look down on me when I’m struggling ‘cos he’s still in the same country; yes, but that doesn’t mean I can see him, it doesn’t make me feel any closer! Yes, its only 200 miles, but its also a minimum of four years – I’ll be nearly 23 by the time I can even think about trying to move in with my boyfriend. Equally I know I’ve gotten extremely jealous of couples living closer to each other, but I do try not to show it. Most of my friends are coupled up, I’d soon see them and their partners as opposed to sit sulking on my own!

Try to have a long-term plan. I know where we are going in the future, and that helps an awful lot. Wanting the same things is ultimately what keeps a LDR going; if you are about to embark on one its probably a good idea to have a frank discussion.

In terms of a plan, it’s also useful to try and plan out visits in advance. This is easier when you are in the same country, but even international relationships should try and have an idea about when they will see each other next – even if its ‘by XXX date’. When we first started university our plan was to see each other every four weeks. That never happened, and we see each other every fortnight, with the occasional three-week gap.

 photo 2014-04-26123410_zps4e0140e9.jpgCommunicate. This is really the main point, and its a must-do. You need to make time to speak to your partner. Not just a quick chat, but real conversation. What you’ve been up to, what’s been the highlight of your week, everything and anything. Really listen to what they have to say too. We try and call each other every other night, and have a Skype around 3 times a week (Skype will seriously become your best friend!) – I’ll also call my boyfriend if I’m walking home in the dark on my own!

That said, try to communicate in ways other than through your phone. I found that when we first went long distance I become unhealthily attached to my mobile, it was like having a relationship with a handheld electronic object! We try and write each other old-fashioned letters – and I loved it when I used to be surprised with a parcel of goodies he’d baked!

 photo 27918_10151267754238516_1513098207_n_zps73521391.jpgMeet each other’s friends. Obviously you need your own friends, but introducing your partner and vice versa means you feel a little more involved in each other’s lives. My boyfriend seems to naturally have more girls as friends than boys at university; whilst I know that’s just him, I can truthfully say that meeting them all, hearing them say “we’ve heard lots about you” made me feel a lot better!

Have boundaries. We trust each other absolutely, but we do ask that neither of us put ourselves in certain situations. These will be different for different couples – I have no problem with my boyfriend going out with just a few of his girl mates, but I know others would. Above all though, you really do need to trust each other. If you don’t you will be eaten alive with jealousy, and to me jealousy isn’t a good thing in a relationship.

 photo 10464251_10201833358628057_7137741447011300528_n_zpsda2dc99f.jpgMake visits exciting. Sure you might want to spend the whole weekend cuddled up, but building memories means you’re far more likely to look forward to the next visit. Explore their area, go for brunch, cook for each other. One of my favourite weekends was when we paid (a ridiculous amount) and caught the bus to Whitstable. A day by the sea with ice cream and a giant sausage roll just can’t be beaten! If you can’t manage a whole weekend, arrange a day-trip in a central location. During my exams I knew I couldn’t cope with a whole weekend off of revision, so instead we met up in London – got soaked in the rain, explored Borough Market and had a yummy dinner at Wahaca.

My biggest tip of all – have fun! Whether it be together in person, laughing along on the phone, giggling over Skype, or apart and with your friends. Try not to mope away when you’re in need of a cuddle, but do something to cheer you up and remember: if it’s meant to be, you will get through it!

What are your relationship tips?

 

  • libby

    Tips for an eight hour time difference when talking on the phone/Skype every day wont be possible? :p

    Good luck for Monday!!
    Libby xxx

    • Dates for phone calls/skypes? I’m not sure talking in person every day is healthy for long distance relationships anyway – I know it makes me miss him more! Thanks lovely! x

  • Great post – I was in an international (UK to US) long distance relationship for over two years until I moved to America and my word was it hard. We went 9 months to a year between visits at times. Was worth it in the end though. Communication, long term plans and trying to have a routine with talking and doing things is a big help. We use to have dates even when we were together – we’d skype and watch the same film, eat together. We made it work for us.

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    • I think the long-term plan is what helps me the most! Glad you got through it – Skype film dates are pretty cool! x

  • These are great tips! I’ll be needing them when (hopefully) I get into university. Sadly it is 5 hours away by train so not very close to my home!

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    • On the plus side, train journeys are often my most productive time! Until I get about half an hour away from his and start getting too excited to concentrate! x

  • Awwh this is so sweet, you are such a nice couple. Great tips! x

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  • Great post! When I’m at uni I’m in a LDR and we’re 2 hours apart. It doesn’t seem like much, but when I have uni, a weekend job and can’t drive, it does get difficult! He’s also in full time work so only has weekends to visit. Last year we only managed visits around once a month, but as you say, communication is the key!
    When I finish uni next year we’ll have been together for 5 years and it’s just so amazing to think that we’ve got through two tough years so far and that it’s nearly over!

    • I definitely agree with you, I think any relationship that makes seeing each other difficult is hard, regardless of distance! By the time we finish university it will be six years for us…time to move in together I think! x

  • Love this post, great tips! I also met my boyfriend when I started Sixth Form, by the January we were together. I was lucky in the fact that we both stayed at home whilst at Uni, so I got to see him loads. I’m starting a full time graduate job in a few weeks and knowing I won’t see him almost every day is really difficult. It will be just weekends, and for now, he works them. But, as you said, planning and communication is key! xxxx

    • Lucky you! My boyfriend actually stays at home, and I find it quite tough especially when he goes to my families for dinner! Communication is so important, a ‘morning’ text really makes my day! x

  • I’m about to have a long distance relationship with my boyfriend, so this was really useful! Thanks

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    • Glad it’s helped, and good luck! Let me know how it goes! x

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