After graduating high school, young adults move forward with their lives. Whether it be moving across the country to go to an out-of-state college or wanting to get away from their hometown after years of being in the same place; it seems there are a lot of couples going for a long-distance relationship.
Many couples feel as though they have found their soulmate already and refuse to let distance take that person away from them.
According to StatisticBrain.com, around 32.5 percent of college relationships are long-distance; which means approximately one third of college students do not have the luxury of living close to their significant other.
If you have ever been in or are currently in a long-distance relationship, than you may be aware of how hard it can be especially when combined with other stresses of life as a young adult such as school or work. But with time, as with anything, it becomes easier to cope with the reality of not seeing your significant other as often as desired.
As a person who is currently in a long-distance relationship, I have found that if the two people involved in the relationship are committed to each other and willing to face difficulties that arise when facing these obstacles, things can go smoother than imagined.
For those in a long-distance relationship, there are a couple key factors to know in order to have a successful experience.
First thing’s first, communication is key. Communication is the most important factor in a long-distance relationship. Even if you have opposite schedules, it is still important to make time to call, text or FaceTime your partner.
Communication allows less stress about worrying what the other person is doing and it also keeps the bond between the two people strong. Making an effort to communicate with someone means more than you think because it makes your partn feel wanted and special.
Next, it is important to be open, honest and trustworthy with each other. Many people struggle with this factor of a relationship, whether it be long-distance or not.
Making each other feel secure in the relationship plays a key role in building upon what you already have. When a person feels insecure, they begin to doubt everything they have already built with their significant other.
Third, always remember the bigger picture and focus on what you want to achieve within the relationship.
Never forget that if a person means a lot to you and you want to build a future with them, you must face the hardships that will come along down the road. Sometimes, when you miss your significant other it is hard to think of the big picture, but if you are able to remain strong-minded, you will find that it is easier than you thought.
Lastly, make it a point to visit your partner. Spending quality time with each other creates reassurance and will remind you why a long-distance relationship is worth it in the long run.
It is important to remember that when involved in a long-distance relationship, couples must be prepared to work twice as hard as they did when distance was not an issue.
Long-distance relationships should not be something to fear in life. Many people experience them and have been successful.