Making a Long-Distance Relationship Work During Coronavirus

Partner
April 6, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic means that the whole world has changed. Not only has everybody been encouraged to stay home but social distancing has been enforced and even some airports have been closed. Nobody knows for certain when everything will get back to normal.

If you’re in a long-distance relationship, you may be worried. Your world will have been turned upside down. You rely on planning regular trips to see your partner and now this is all up in the air. You’re going to have a lot more time on your hands, from working at home to playing slots and video games. But there are some ways that you can get through this difficult time. Here are some tips on how to make a long-distance relationship work during COVID-19.

1) Create a routine for communication.

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If you’ve been in a long-distance relationship for a while, you may already have a routine when it comes to communication. This type of relationship already takes work, depending on how far you live apart. But if you don’t have a routine, now is when you need one. Let each other know when you’ll text or call them. It’s best to create certain times in the day that you know you’ll talk to your partner. You can stay busy and then dedicate this time to them. Make sure you communicate how you’re feeling and try to focus on the good things in life. This can keep you motivated indoors.

2) Enjoy virtual dates

Just because you can’t see your partner doesn’t mean you can’t make plans! Coronavirus means that you’re going to have to think outside the box. This means planning dates over video calling. Chat over dinner or get a drink just like you would in a restaurant and take the time out your day to communicate and talk to each other. You can talk like normal and enjoy better communication that you can by text message or even over a phone call. You can even play games with each other online.

3) Send Surprises

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There are still ways you can have fun and surprise your partner. For example, you can use online businesses to send them flowers, food or other gifts. You can make things exciting and put a smile on their face even from across the country. It’ll require a little more effort but it’ll be worth it. Your partner will appreciate the effort you’re making to keep things exciting for each other.

4) Make Plans

Nobody knows for certain when lockdowns and social distancing will end. But it will and any restrictions you’re experiencing now will change. So, this means you’re entitled to make plans with your partner. This can keep you motivated and giving you something to look forward to in the long term. Therefore, make plans of when you’ll see each other next. It’s best to avoid booking flights or activities, but create temporary dates and make plans. This can help you get through the difficult times and know that they’ll end.

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