Though long distance relationships are fairly common these days, making it work needs effort on the partners. Commitment, trust and communication are the keys to make a relationship like this successful and rewarding. The idea is to set your parameters and making it work, rather than expect the relationship to grow on it own. To make this happen it is wise to follow certain tested tactics. Some of these are mentioned below.
Set your rule
Studies have shown that almost 70% long distance relationships where relationship rules were not set by the partners, things had gone wrong at some point in time and the relationship ceased to exist eventually. So, it makes sense set some parameters based on mutual consent that will guide the relationship. These may include being exclusively committed to each other and deciding not to date anyone else. It may also include agreements to communicate to each other in some way everyday. Such rules or parameters create a strong foundation for the relationship
Stay in touch
When you are in a long distance relationship, successful communication is a sure way of making it work. Communication in some form is desirable on a regular basis, if possible everyday, when you are away from your love. The communication may take any form. It can be a telephonic call, a chat session, instant messaging or something else. The important point is staying in touch regularly. If this is done, surviving the wait will be easier.
Being expressive is important in any relationship. In a long distance relationship it is even more important, because when you are not being able to meet your love, your communication is the only way of expressing your commitment to the person. So, if you are in a long distance relationship, making it work needs clear and strong expression of your feelings to your partner. You need to assure and reassure each other about your commitment to keep the bond strong, even from a distance.
If possible, send gifts to your partner once a while. It need not be very precious every time, but it should reflect your sincerity. It can be a book or a music CD, gift card or jewelry, puzzle or stuffed animal. It can also be as simple as a video message or a real rose. The gift should be based on the taste and interest of your partner. You can also decide to gift something more personalized, such as a photograph of you! Doesn’t that sound interesting? You can stretch your imagination to any length and be creative without limits to think of something really special for your partner.
Trust your partner
Trusting your partner is important in any relationship. It is even more important in long distance relationships. Being insecure doesn’t help. This only has negative effects on a relationship. So, always convey your feelings clearly to your partner. This will dispel all doubts and keep your relationship strong.