Long-distance relationships can be amazing, they give opportunities to people who would not normally get to form a relationship together due to physical location to form one despite location. That said, long-distance relationships come with challenges not felt by conventional relationships. One of the most common ones as a relationship progresses is that each person in the relationship has their own physical life to lead and the many commitments that come with it.
Be Smart With Time
It’s a given that you won’t be spending as much time together in a long-distance relationship as you would in a relationship with someone local. You both have to sync time schedules for one on one time to work. Time can be a problem right from the time zones you are living in. This can be significant as for example Washington in the US is 5 hours ahead of the UK and Ukraine is 2 hours ahead. Managing this time difference may help. If you want to speak on the phone or via live video chat, you may need to take into account the difference. So you can both get sleep in your regular patterns for the countries you are in.
This gets more confusing when one of you has a shift pattern job or irregular hours. Take a methodical approach to solving this one and keeping your relationship thriving. Keeping a mind of the schedule of your partner will still give you the opportunity to send well-timed messages of encouragement when they need them most. It will help you both feel as if the distance does not exist.
If you intend to spend time together in the future it will likely be a valuable time for both you and your long-distance partner so take the time to plan ahead. Clearing commitments from the time you have together will be easier the earlier you start. Of course, you may wish to include your partner in scheduled events during your time together. In which case be specific about dates and times so both of you know the expectations and can plan for them.
Modern social media-based messaging services allow for various ways to communicate. From live video calls to simple messages, they offer instant communication right across the globe. It can be incredibly useful in helping to ease the task of communicating with your long-distance partner. Voice messages and pictures can be easily sent and read when your partner’s schedule allows.
Always be mindful although you have sent a message and your partner has read it. They may not be in a position to reply immediately. This highlights the biggest risk with long-distance relationships where you lose touch with the commitments your partner has to comply with. This becomes inappropriately timed and no longer a pleasure but even in some instances becoming an inconvenience. Keeping good communication and abreast with your partner’s life commitments is the best way of ensuring they don’t negatively affect your long-distance relationship.