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Succeeding In A Long-Distance Relationship

Sakina has been in a long distance relationship with her boyfriend whom she met on Facebook since 2 years. She is currently engaged to him.

Long-Distance Relationships are Never Easy

I met my fiance through Facebook three years back, in my final year of high school. Yes, we are happily engaged since almost six months. Whether you meet your partner online or in real, sometimes you may have to move away for college or work. That sets the "distance" in your relationship.

Your heart yearns to see your partner. Be it a normal day, or a special occasion like your birthday, sometimes you just wish for your partner to be there by your side.

However, this physical closeness is not possible everytime. We have to learn to cope up with the separation. Believe me, it's very hard to do so. But don't fret it's not impossible. Let us first look at all the things that are needed to be faced in this relationship. Or to put it simply, what should we expect from an LDR?


What Should you Expect From a Long Distance Relationship?

The most difficult thing about an LDR is the distance. You love your partner so much but you can't stay by his/her side everyday. Sometimes, you just feel so bottled up. Even a song playing on the TV or a couple holding hands and walking by you, is enough to get on your nerves at times. Yes, we all have those bad days. Even the smallest of things remind us of our partners and we feel like bursting into tears. Mind you, surviving the distance isn't a piece of cake.


You will be found constantly checking your mobile phone for a text from your lover. Then, finally a buzz catches your attention and you leap to catch your phone; only to find it to be a message from a regular friend. You groan and switch it off. But when you get notified by a text from your lover, your heart swells and two hearts replace the orbs of your eyes (well, not literally, but the feeling is overwhelming). This is what happens to lovers over the distance everyday.

I know it sounds hurtful, but it's the truth. You won't be always your partner's first priority and vice-versa. Sometimes, they might need a nap, or have to study for exams. Even a night out with besties may be planned someday. Your partner isn't going to be there online always. Don't expect them to answer your texts right away. In the beginning it might hurt, but you will be adjusted to it eventually.


There will be lots of waiting in an LDR. Waiting for their call, waiting for them to come online. Waiting to share all your day's good or bad points. You have to be very patient in this relationship. At times, you might be frustrated and saddened, but this is how things will remain until you meet.

You might be jealous of the people that get to see your partner everyday. Obvious isn't it? When your friends or family talk about their romantic dates with so much excitement and animated gestures, you are likely to be jealous. The people close to you get to be with their partners while you don't. They spend their time loving and being loved while you sit there and listen to all their talks with a sigh. You aren't the only ones feeling that way. There are so many other couples out there, including myself.

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Since it's a long distance, you have all the time for yourself apart from chatting with your partner obviously. You can use this free time to watch a movie, indulge in your hobbies, focus more on your career or studies, meet new people and make new friends.

There might be times when you get doubts about your relationship. Hey, we are humans, we are bound to be negative at times. Mostly it will go on like this:

"Will my relationship work out?"

"Does he/she love me as much as I love him/her?"

"Won't our love decrease if we stay apart?"

"What if he/she finds someone better?"

"What if he/she cheats on me?"

These are a few examples of the questions invading in the minds of those who live apart. But, you have to fight them off and remove negative thoughts from your head. Always remember why you held on and why you chose to be with your one in a eight billion.

Expectations vs Reality in an LDR

How to Make a Long-Distance Relationship Work?

Well, there aren't any right or wrong ways in making an LDR work. This type of relation requires a lot of hard work, time and effort from both partners to let it stay sweet, full of love and happiness. Let us look at the important components needed to make this relationship work. Read below to find out...

Trust is an essential part of any relationship. It is like a basic building block. Without it your relationship breaks or falls apart. In an LDR, trusting your partner is all the more necessary for your relation to work. Basically, you should do the following things:

  • Stay honest with each other.
  • Do not do things which they don't like behind their back.
  • Do not keep secrets from them.
  • Never lie to your LDR partner thinking how would they find out the truth. If they do find out, your dishonesty would hit them in the face and they would probably have a hard time trusting you again.
  • Trust in your love for each other. I know it's hard to stay away, but keeping trust and hope helps you stay positive and happy.

Communication is a major key to this relation. Sometimes, when partners are together, they don't have much time to communicate deeply. On the other hand, LDR couples have communication as their only means of staying together. So, they can converse deeply and get to know about each other a lot more. Here are some things that you should talk about with your partner:

  • Talk about mundane, boring, day to day activities. It lets your partner know what you are doing.
  • Share little details with them even if they aren't that important.
  • Talk about your fears, likes, dislikes and hobbies.
  • Set your expectations about each other. Let them know what is right and wrong for you.
  • Set aside times for both voice and video calls. There is nothing sweeter than seeing your lover's face and hearing their voice. It makes you feel connected to them and loosens all your worries.
  • If you have a doubt ask them right away. Do not keep things to yourself in the hope of avoiding a fight. If a doubt is uncleared, it will bother you and give rise to more doubts.
  • Whenever you fight, stay to the point. Don't bring past matters in between today's quarrels.
  • Listen to their point of view and try to see things from their side too, if you don't understand what they want to say.
  • Say "Good Morning" and Good Night" to them everyday.
  • Say "I Love You" on a daily basis.
  • Spice things up by sending them romantic quotes, praising them and also doing special things for them.
  • Take videos and audio clips of yourself and send them time to time. It will surely leave your partner grinning and feeling loved.

Sending gifts to each other lets them know that you are thinking of them. It is a very sweet gesture and gives immense pleasure in receiving a gift from your S/O. What type of gift should you send?

  • Remember their likes and dislikes about material things. Gift them accordingly.
  • Are they always talking about a particular thing like a leather jacket and how much they would love to have it? But they never get to buy it. Gift them what they had been thinking of. It will show that you pay attention and think of them. This will bring a huge smile on their faces and all your efforts will be worth it.
  • Gift a ring, chain or watch which they can wear everyday. It will remind them of you whenever they see it. Personally, I have been gifted a ring and a pink bunny teddy. I wear the ring everyday and it makes me feel connected to my partner. The teddy bear gets my morning and night hugs and kisses. Sounds cheesy I know, but I imagine showing affection to my partner. Likewise, I have gifted my partner a belted watch which reminds him of my presence all the time; even if it's a gift.

A long distance relationship won't stay forever. Eventually, you or your partner have to move and settle down. It is imperative to talk about when and where you plan to live together. Also, it is necessary to stay at the same page in your relation. Be firm in your decisions and share them with your S/O. An LDR without a goal or purpose is of no use. When you plan to be together, make sure you are heading towards the same goal. If it doesn't end in marriage, what is the use of all the separation and wait?

After waiting for so long, a visit sounds very exciting and makes you nervous at the same time. Visit each other whenever you can. All the days of sorrow and separation seem nothing when you get to see your lover. It makes all the waiting and distance worth. It seems so surreal and beautiful. If you feel nervous, just think about how much you love them. They would probably be nervous too! Once you see them, just give them a tight hug and your nervousness will vanish quickly. You might also feel like you are living in a dream. Make the most of your visits, takes lots of pictures, videos and do fun activities together. All these sweet memories will be cherished so lovingly after you have been separated.


An Amazing Video Depicting Five Ways in Making an LDR Work


Final Thoughts

Sure, an LDR is difficult to maintain and requires lots of effort. Some days you may cry, laugh, miss each other terribly and feel frustrated. But, if you love your partner, you can overcome any obstacle that is thrown in your way. Always remember why you fell in love with that person. Never give up just because there is distance. Your hearts are together that's what matters. Be strong, believe and stay in love always as true love conquers all. One day you won't say goodbye, only good night.


© 2017 Sakina Nasir


Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on June 16, 2020:

Hi Chichi. :)

I agree with your point. Glad you could relate.

Chichi Limson Hernandez on June 16, 2020:

Totally relatable! I think, LDR isn't really for everyone and it requires a very strong foundation of trust and maturity as both individuals. Distance and time could really be a difficult test and love, sometimes isn't enough to conquer that. I think both individuals got to have the right amount of trust, respect for each other and the right allowance for mistakes.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on January 10, 2020:

@Liza Hi! :) Thank you so much! I'm glad you could relate.

Liza from USA on January 10, 2020:

I couldn't agree more with your article, Sakina. My husband and I have been married for 4 years now. From my experience, a long-distance relationship requires commitment, trust, patient, and consistent communication. However, I have done all the things you mentioned above :) I enjoyed reading your article. Thanks for sharing!

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 07, 2019:

Thank you so much, Belinda! :)

Belinda from Kenya on February 07, 2019:

Pure gold is tested by fire....LDR is a real test to a relationship. Stay positive if it works to know that you can survive anything in your marriage.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on June 13, 2017:

Thank you, Matty. :) Long distance relationships are very hard and require effort, patience, and love from both sides. They sure are hard, but not impossible to keep.

Matty Navarro from Pennsylvania on June 02, 2017:

I don't know how people do it, but some people are successful at it. Congrats!

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on March 03, 2017:

Hi Jodah! :) Thank you for the wonderful comments and for sharing your experience with me. I am glad to receive your well wishes. Good luck to you too!

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on March 03, 2017:

Sakina, this is a wonderful hub and full of good advice for anyone going through or considering a long distance relationship. I have been married for many years but my wife are often separated for two or three months each year so I know what a long distance relationship can be like at these times. I wish you all the best for your personal LDR and hope you get to be together soon.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 21, 2017:

@SA Williams

Thanks for appreciating my work and for reading it. I truly feel happy by hearing your thoughts. :)

simplehappylife on February 21, 2017:

Great Hub Sakina! Thank You for sharing your personal experience.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 09, 2017:

Thank you! It means a lot. :) Best wishes for you too.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on February 08, 2017:

You are welcome - I always enjoy your articles and your take on what you write about. Thank you for your well-wishes. Your comments are uplifting and hopeful, I pray not only for myself but for others as well. Best wishes.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 08, 2017:

Hi Natalie! :) Thank you taking out the time to read my work and for the lovely comment. Long distance relationships are tricky and need a lot of effort to work. Especially when the one you love is so far. You see it's Valentines week now. You can imagine what it feels like. But, these relationships though difficult, are a test of love. I believe that if we can overcome this, then all troubles will seem minor comparing to the distance. Thanks for sharing your experience with me and I hope you stay with your partner happily.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on February 07, 2017:

Sakina - Great article! I have been in a couple of long distance relationships, including a current one that have been difficult. Your article is dead on the money in terms of both what makes them so difficult and things you can do to increase the likelihood of them working out. In one case the man I was dating ended up going out with someone else briefly, telling me when it was over so that I wouldn't worry but I felt I was always looking for inconsistencies in what he said, trying to catch him in a lie which I never did. Anyway great article! Thanks so much for writing it.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 01, 2017:

Hi brittpinkie! :)

That's so cute. I seriously love hearing about successful LDRs. I am so happy for you. May your life be full of love and happiness. Yes, LDRs can definitely work. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me and for your warm comments. :)

Brittany Brown from Sydney, Australia on February 01, 2017:

Great article!

My husband and I started off in a long distance relationship...when we met, I was living in America and he was living in Australia! We dated long distance for 14 months before I moved to Australia...and now we've been together for 6 years :) LDRs can definitely work, but like you said, you have to have trust, communication, and be able to plan a future together :)

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 01, 2017:

Thank you once again! :) I'm so glad you liked my writing.

Ashi on February 01, 2017:


You are always welcome :)

I love to read your innocent and genius writing. I always inspire and motivate.

Keep up the good work Miss Story taler :)

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 01, 2017:


Thank you so much my dear friend for taking out the time to read and appreciate my work. It means a lot really. :) God bless you too!

Ashi on February 01, 2017:


This surprise for me to see such kind of writing from your end :)

Very nicely written along with covering all essential factors which are important in Long Distance Relation.

Cherry on Cake is you have merged with your own personal experience :)

Very attractive photos and videos :)


Bless you dear.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on January 31, 2017:


You are so right in your words and explanations. I am so glad that you shared your personal experience with me. I am happy for you. Be together always. ❤ :)

dashingscorpio from Chicago on January 31, 2017:

I believe it's important to first define what does making a LDR "work' really mean. A relationship that last for a few months, years, or concludes with the couple getting married.

In my opinion #4 and #5 are extremely important in a LDR.

If there is no "light at the end of the tunnel" whereby one person is planning to relocate odds increase that one or both people drift apart.

Long distance relationships were meant to be temporary!

The goal is to be with the person you love!

It's the counting down of the months, weeks, and days until one is finally finished with the inconvenience of being in a LDR that keeps it strong!

The best reason for maintaining a LDR is the belief that he/she is "the one". Otherwise if it's just a matter of having a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship you might as well do that locally. One man's opinion! :)

Note: I met my wife online over 10 years ago and we lived 2000 miles apart. We took turns {each month} flying out to visit with one another for a few days.

After close to a year of doing that I relocated.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on January 31, 2017:


Thanks a lot for showing your appreciation. Wow! That's so nice to hear and it will surely inspire those around you. Yes, it can be done. I am in a long distance relationship since 2 years with my fiance and we are going strong thankfully. :)

CJ Kelly from the PNW on January 31, 2017:

Very important hub. Good job.

I was in a long distance relationship for almost 5 years and it worked out. My wife and I have been married almost 12 years. It can be done. Takes works and focus. Sharing.

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