I’m not going to sugar-coat this for you, there’s nothing easy about relationships in general, much less long-distance relationships. But just because they aren’t easy, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth fighting for.
6 TIPS That’ll Help Strengthen Your Relationship and Help The Time Past Away!
Now everyone knows the most important thing in relationships is communication. It’s important to know how your partner feels and where their mindset is. You want to make sure that you’re both equally committed to your relationship and open and willing to do whatever it takes to make things work. You’ll have rough and rocky times, every couple does, but don’t get discouraged, that’s what you have each other for. And that’s why communication is vital! Good communication isn’t hard when you and your partner are comfortable and the closest of friends FIRST!
2. RELATIONSHIP GOALS
If you’re in it for the long-haul setting goals with your partner is super important. Having talks about the future and making a blueprint can be really arousing. You two can have deep conversations about things you want to accomplish individually, and as a couple. Make short-term and long-term goals by making a list, starting a planner or even setting up a calendar. That way, when you’re finally together you can look back on all you’ve done and all that you’re still set to do.
We had a goal of starting a blog 🤗
3. SET UP DATE NIGHTS
I know someone’s probably saying, “Date nights? How?” Well, you can have date nights miles apart, it’s 2015 people! There’s so many forms of technology for us to use and with video-calling, it’s just that easy. For Apple users there’s Facetime available on MAC devices, other programs such as Skype and Oovoo are available and free as well for anyone with a webcam. Webcams are pretty much on any and every laptop and smartphone these days, so you’re set! Now with all that out the way, plan a designated time for you and your boo to get some quality time in. You can even get dolled up for them if you want, eat your dinner together, watch a movie or even play a game. Be flirtatious and have a role-play, speak to each other as if you haven’t met before. There’s plenty of fun ways to let your partner know how special they are to you. Get as creative as you want!
Who knows your partner better than you, right?! Surprising your special someone is always a sweet gesture. All of this depends on you! You can go big or go small. Think about the things your partner likes, their hobbies or their wishlist of things they want. It’s a lot like planning for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift, except there’s no special occasion. It’s just another way of expressing your love to your significant other. Everyone likes gifts for no reason!
The first surprise Kent ever gave me was a stuffed purple Panda bear. He always listened to me obsessing over my love for Pandas and the color purple. So he randomly sent me a package in the mail, I named him Theo! Kent said he wanted to get me something that reminded me of him, something that I could carry around and cuddle up with while he was gone 😊 (I haven’t slept a night alone since)
5. PLAN “BAE”CATIONS!
Planning trips together is always fun. This is perfect for couples who love to travel! You can plan something small, like a road trip or a weekend getaway. And if your budget allows, plan a big trip somewhere you’ve never been before. Traveling is a great way to get to know each other. Being in a confined space for days on end teaches you a lot about a person. It’s also an exciting way to put your relationship to the test without feeling like you’re under pressure. As a traveling couple, it’s Kent and I’s favorite thing to do. It gives us something to count down days for and look forward to, time flies by that way!
6. COORDINATE QT
Spending quality time with one another is one of the best parts about being in a relationship. Long-distance can be hard sometimes and it may feel like an eternity of waiting, especially when you spend weeks or months apart. Make sure you make time for who you’re dating. Even if it’s just a 5 minute long phone call to see how their day is going, it makes a difference. Personally, we have a rule of not going to bed without speaking or saying good night. Setting up little rules help make sure you both get what you need out of your relationship. Then of course, doing enjoyable things together as a couple is key. Whether you’re movie fanatics who live in the theaters, outdoorsy people who love hiking and picnics, foodies who adore restaurants or best friends who share a blog 😉 it’s all up to you!
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Stay joyful! 😘