All relationships take work, but long distance relationships take a bit more effort in the way of communication, compromise, and understanding. Statistics show that an estimated 2.9% of US marriages were considered long distance, with 1 in 10 marriages reported to have included a period of long distance within the first 3 years.  If you are currently in a long-distance relationship first, bravo, and second, take a look at these suggestions to help keep the spark alive, over hundreds of miles!

1. Trust

Trusting a person in a long distance relationship can be difficult.  This is why trust is key.  By accepting the challenge of a long distance relationship, you also accepted the fact that you will have to have the trust and faith that your partner will not be seeing anyone else as promised.  This comes from constant communication and when you do visit each other, make a point to meet the friends he’s talked about, or go to the places he’s told you about.  This way you will feel more incorporated into his world.

2. Be positive

Staying positive and not focusing on the negative aspects of a long-distance relationship is essential to keeping your relationship blooming and your partner content. Being away from your man is not all bad news. Use the opportunity of personal time to pursue your interests and hobbies as well as your career objectives. Another positive point is that long distance dating pushes both of you to be more creative, to communicate better since you don’t have “face-to-face” time and to test and express your feelings. As long as you see the long-distance relationship as a temporary state, you will keep your chin up and transmit that feeling of security and happiness to your partner too.

3. Face time

Skype and sending images via BlackBerry or iPhone are the perfect way to share moments with your man. You can send him a cute picture of whatever you’re doing, of funny web videos, or of little things that remind you of him. Sending images and taking the time to Skype gives some face-to-face time and will make you feel less distant. Voice notes and texts messages are also perfect during busy days. They are easy to send, and a quick reminder to your other half that you’re thinking about them. We all want to feel wanted, loved and missed, so no matter how busy the day gets, a simple “I’m thinking about you, miss you,” will do the trick.

4. Snail mail

Who doesn’t like getting gifts and being spoiled? Even more exciting is when it comes as a surprise. Relationships are all about being part of a couple, so your efforts will not go unnoticed if you take time out of your day to send a card or box up some of your man’s favorites. Sending each other loving gifts will help fill the void that you feel in your daily routine, knowing that your man spent so much time thinking about you and planning for you will definitely help keep the spark alive.

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