How to Handle Long Distance It’s no secret that long distance relationships are more difficult to be in and that time and distance can take its toll. However, all is not lost. Here are the top five ways of how to handle long distance relationships: #1. Communication is key. We know that this is something that every single relationship rides on however, it is even more important for those who are in long distance relationships. Since you won’t be able to see each other every day it’s important that you take the time to speak with each other regularly. Keeping each other in the loop and talking about what is going on during your day will help you stay connected even if you can’t be right there. #2. Don’t go overboard. While it’s great to make sure your significant other knows how you feel about them and that you communicate well, it’s also important not to virtually smother them. Constantly texting and calling each other can make you grown to feel overwhelmed and annoyed with the constant presence which can take its toll on your relationship. Instead, work out a plan where you call each other a few times a week, text on and off throughout the days, and sprinkle in some video chatting times. You can even plan your video chats to be “long-distance-date-nights” to keep the romantic side alive. This will keep you in the loop with each other without feeling annoyed. #3. Visit each other often. Distance may make the heart grow fonder but too much distance can lead to the end of a relationship. Plan out days when you’ll be able to come and visit each other. Visiting will give you a sneak peek into their life without you right by their side and will also help you not miss them as furiously. Spontaneity will keep the flames of your relationship alive so don’t be afraid to try new places and maybe even surprise your significant other when you know they don’t have a lot going on that week. #4. PAY ATTENTION! Again while this is a must for every relationship, distance makes this more difficult and more important. You won’t be able to see each other constantly which makes the things you talk about that much more important. Pay attention to what they are passionate about, learn about who their friends are and their favorite places to eat, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Staying connected is as easy as you make it. #5. Have an end in sight. Long distance can make the meet ups more passionate and make you long to see your significant other even more, but after a while the distance can become exhausting and a lot more difficult to deal with than it’s worth. Try to plan an end where you’ll both be in the same general area so the long distance relationship can simply become a relationship. If you have a goal to reach you’re more likely to work through the rough patches and make it out on the other side of the long distance relationship.