Dear Judge Josh,
My partner just got a job offer in another state, and we’re considering trying a long-distance relationship. I’m worried about the challenges we might face. How can we make it work without driving each other crazy or drifting apart?
Hey Long-Distance Love Dilemma,
Long-distance relationships can be tough, but they’re not impossible. With some creativity and effort, you can keep the spark alive:
Communication is Key: Stay in touch regularly through texts, calls, and video chats. Share your daily experiences and be honest about your feelings.
Set Expectations: Discuss your needs, boundaries, and long-term plans. Knowing where you both stand can help prevent misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
Plan Visits: Schedule regular trips to see each other. Having something to look forward to can make the time apart more bearable.
Be Flexible: Life happens, and plans change. Be willing to adapt and support each other through the ups and downs.
Trust: Trust is the foundation of any relationship, but it’s especially important in long-distance ones. Give each other the benefit of the doubt and avoid unnecessary jealousy.
Make the Most of Your Time Apart: Use the time apart to focus on your own interests, hobbies, and personal growth. You’ll have more to share with your partner and keep the relationship fresh.
By staying connected, trusting each other, and making an effort to maintain the romance, you can make your long-distance relationship work. Good luck, and happy long-distancing!