10 Things That Will Make Your Long-Distance Relationship Even Better

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10 Things That Will Make Your Long-Distance Relationship Even Better

Want to make your long distance relationship work?

Long distance relationships are hard. Being apart from someone that you’re in love with can feel like the end of the world.

The dramatic part of you will feel like you’re heart is actually breaking and the practical side of you will question everything. What if the distance is too much? Can we really make it work?

I mean, it’s the reason that it’s always so dramatic in television shows when someone moves away. Long distance? Is it even possible? But Topanga couldn’t even stay away from Cory?!

But, long distance CAN work. If you’re both in love and both willing to work really hard to make it work; there is nothing that can come between the two of you.

There is no denying that a long distance relationship is one of the hardest things that will ever test your relationship, but it IS possible. And, if it’s really love and really meant to be; it will work out because you’ll make it work out.

But, since it’s never going to be easy, check out our list of 10 ways you can make the distance a little more bearable:

1. Countdown the minutes until you’re in each other’s arms again.

Sure, “distance makes the heart grow fonder," but that doesn’t make it any less painful. When you’re dealing with a long distance relationship and it feels like time is standing still and you’re missing the heck out of them; it’s important to remind yourself that time is, in fact, passing and you will be with your lover again before you know it.

Countdown the days until you'll see each other again with a cute countdown clock (Countdown Clock, Amazon.com). Get one for each of you!

2. Make it a little easier for them to sleep without you.

It can be hard to sleep all alone when you’re used to sleeping next to someone you love. Try to make the transition a little easier with a snugly body pillow (From My Heart to Yours Body Pillow Cover, Amazon.com).

Extra tip: Maybe leave behind something that smells like you for her to put on the pillow (like some cologne or a stick of your signature deodorant) that will make this muscle arm body pillow even better (Muscle Man Body Arm Plush Cotton Pillow, Amazon.com)!

3. Make sure they never forget how much you love them.

In a long distance relationship, it’s even more important to make an effort than if you got to see them every day. Give your significant other little things to keep in his or her room that remind them of you, like a light-up heart for their nighstand (I LOVE You Heart Optical LED Illusion Lamp, Amazon.com). 

Sure, it’s a little cheesy, but the best relationships are.

4. Make your phone time extra special.

When you’re in a long distance relationship, it’s important to hear your significant other’s voice every day to maintain the ideal level of intimacy. On the days where you may not have time for a long phone conversation, be sure to send little texts throughout the day to let them know you love them.

Sure, he could always call from his normal phone, but make him a priority — and make your relationship with him even sexier — by getting him a prepaid cellphone that he only uses for you (Prepaid Smartphone with Amazon Exclusive, Amazon.com).

5. Send your partner monthly surprises so you’re always on their mind.

When you’re in a long distance relationship, it’s important that you don’t get stuck in a rut. Let’s be real, being far away gives them more opportunities to not be thinking about you. Doing little things to surprise them is vital to remind them that you're always thinking of them. (Plus, it makes sure they’re always thinking of you too!)

Bring a little sweetness into her life, even from far away, with a cookie club subscription (OREO Cookie Club Subscription Box, Amazon.com). Or, make sure he knows you’re thinking about him by gifting him a subscription to Sports Illustrated (Sports Illustrated Subscription, Amazon.com).

6. Keep a token of your love close at all times.

When dealing with the pain of distance, it makes you feel more connected to the other person to have something that you two share with you at all times. Gift your boyfriend or girlfriend with something that you can both carry around with you that reminds you of the other person throughout the day, like a matching set of “I love you more than the miles between us” keychains (Long Distance Relationship State Keychain, Amazon.com).

7. Send them a lovers care package.

Another great idea to make sure they’re always thinking of you is the staple, the “care package!" But, instead of blowing a bunch of cash that you could be spending on traveling to see them — just send them a box of personalized things that let them know you’ve been thinking about them and you want to make the time apart as easy for them as possible.

For example, for her maybe send some of your unwashed t-shirts that smell like you for her to wear to bed, her favorite scented candle, some of her favorite snacks, and a personalized note. For him, consider baking some cookies and sending them to him along with an updated picture of you and a personalized note.

8. Remind him or her that your heart is always with them.

Make it a priority to take a great photo of the two of you the next time you're together, and show it off in a cute frame (Always Love You Engraved Natural Wood Picture Frame, Amazon.com). Keep one in your room, and mail the other to your lover. 

And don't forget to update the photos every time you're reunited!

9. Find ways to make connecting easier.

While it’s important to always be making time for dates even long distance (i.e. video chat dinners, watching your favorite TV shows on the phone, etc.), your days can get busy so it’s best to be prepared for having to multi-task.

Get this hands-free headset (Bluetooth Headset, Amazon.com) so you can talk to your boo while you do other things, like fold your laundry, prepare meals, drive, and more. 

10. Meet in the middle for a romantic getaway.

Visits are important. So, occasionally it might be a good idea to “meet in the middle” and have a romantic getaway.

For example, if you live in Washington State and your significant other lives in California, consider meeting in the middle at Seaside, Oregon at the Coast River Inn for a romantic oceanfront getaway.

Nicole Bradley-Bernard is a writer who needs coffee more than she needs anyone’s approval. She enjoys putting bright colors in her curly brown hair, spending time outside on cool days and being with her partner in life, Eric, who she considers a continuing source of inspiration.

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