Figuring Out Long-Distance Love With Dr. Wendy Walsh

Being in a long-distance relationship is difficult.  

There's no two ways about it.

For one thing, they cost a lot.  Like.  A.  Lot.

Say your partner lives a couple hundred miles away.  Say you want to see them twice a month.

Right there, you're already spending at least $50 on gas for every trip.

Then, you have to plan your date night, which will almost certainly cost more than an average date night.  (Let's be honest, if you barely ever see them, you're going to go a little above and beyond.)

What if your partner lives further?

Do you pay for a flight?

Do you pick a middle ground and meet there?

Then you'd both have to pay hundreds of dollars every month just for travel.

That doesn't even include the Uber or Lyft rides, the hotel, and the actual date night activities.

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And that's just the financial cost.

What about the emotional and psychological hits you'd have to take?

Your day doesn't end with you coming together at the same place.

Your partner isn't there to hear about your day, your thoughts, and your feelings.

Communication becomes very difficult, and that can change the way you fight.

When you see someone often, resolving problems is pretty easy.  

However, it gets a little tricky when you need to figure out an issue, and there's no way to see your partner in person.

It is possible, though!

Focus on a few things.

First, use your physical distance as a tool.  Since you aren't face to face, it is much easier to back away from the situation, cool down, and come back with a level head.

Second, take your time.  You don't have to figure it out instantly.  Take a few hours, or a day, or a couple days to get your thoughts and emotions sorted out so you could better communicate with your partner.

Finally, get as face to face as possible.  You may not be able to reach out and touch them, but video chatting is always a good idea, as it allows you to read your partner's facial and body expressions.

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