Making It Work: The Pros and Cons of Long-Distance Relationships
Have you met someone online, or that lives in a different state or even another country?
Getting involved in a long-distance relationship is quite normal these days. With so many ways to connect and cheap travel options available, there are plenty of ways to make your relationship work out.
But what should you be aware of when you start a long-distance relationship?
In this article, we’ll look at the pros and cons of long-distance relationships and give you some tips on the things you can do when you’re in one.
What are the Pros and Cons of Long-Distance Relationships
When deciding whether being in a long-distance relationship is right for you, you should weigh up the pros and cons. Often, it is easier to do this earlier in the relationship than later when you’re both heavily emotionally invested
The pros of a long-distance relationship will largely center around the person that you’re in a relationship with and the way they make you feel.
Technology makes communication almost seamless and it is possible to be in constant contact with someone on the opposite side of the world through messenger apps and video chat.
The distance in the relationship can often keep the relationship in a prolonged honeymoon state, meaning that when you do get to see each other, it’s always a positive experience.
The downsides of a long-distance relationship are that they can be emotionally challenging. You will miss each other, and it can be easy to become jealous of other people in your partner’s life.
Things to do in a Long-Distance Relationship
Keeping the spark alive requires constant attention when you’re long-distance dating. As well as daily phone calls, video chats, and texting, you should also consider writing to each other.
Receiving letters in the post can be very exciting and it’ll help keep the spark in your relationship.
Find online games that you can play with each other. You may want to watch a movie together. Why not stream the same film, starting it at the same time.
Want a romantic dinner date? Prepare the same meal as each other and eat it by candlelight over a video call.
What are the Practical Considerations of Being in a Long-Term Relationship?
One of the biggest considerations that you need to have is how you can progress your relationship to the next level. One of you will need to move closer. You should have a conversation about this matter so that you’re not left in limbo for a prolonged time.
There may be the expense of a move to consider, and you may need a visa tutor to help you with the legalities of moving to a new country.
All-in-all, these shouldn’t be a barrier to you continuing your relationship together.
Staying Head Over Heels
Now that you know the pros and cons of long-distance relationships, you can think about whether it’s right for you.
Remember, if you want to make it work, you’ll need to keep working at it. There are two people’s feelings involved in this. If it’s not right for you, it would be unfair to lead someone on.
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