How To Stay Emotionally Connected in a Long-Distance Relationship

Are you dating someone amazing remotely and trying to figure out how to stay emotionally connected in a long-distance relationship? 

You’ve come to the right place! 

With so many couples staying apart, especially now during the pandemic, there’s been a need for new, better ways to stay connected. Saying I love you over the phone helps a lot, but it’s not always enough.

This article gives you a mix of 10 classic and new ideas that will help you feel close as a couple even though you are in a long-distance relationship.

So without further ado, let’s take it away:

10 Things You Can Do to Stay Emotionally Connected in Your Long-Distance Relationship

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Make your relationship a priority

Often, couples are forced to become long-distance because of work or school, but life does get busy, even when that’s not the case. You probably have a list of things you need to do, but if you want your LDR to succeed, you will need to make it your top priority.

Make each other feel safe, seen, and heard. Since you are lacking in the physical department, amp up the emotional. Tell your partner why you love and miss them. Be there for them when they need support, advice, or help.

When one of you stops trying, the other partner usually follows suit. So put in the effort if you see a future together.

Keep an open channel – communication is key

Communication is a building block of all relationships. It’s especially important in LDRs since, most of the time, the conversation is going to be what creates the sense of closeness.

This does not mean you should bury your LDR partner in calls and messages. Practice healthy consistency but don’t invade each other’s free time. Figure out when would be most convenient to jump on a call for both of you, especially if you are several time zones away from one another.

Also, try to be clear as open as you can. Many people like keeping to themselves, not because they are hiding something, but simply because they are used to being private. If you are one of them, things will have to change. That’s another way how to show you care in a long-distance relationship.

Communication is also about trust. Mysteriousness may not be your LDR’s best friend, so keep in mind how open you are about things like who you are going out with and where. 

Make sure you read these tips for texting long distance, it will help you improve your communication skills.

Have a deep conversation from time to time

Having fun and keeping it light is a great way to deal with the distance holding you apart. However, serious long-distance relationships will require addressing important topics as any other relationship.

It doesn’t have to be a life-changing conversation, but it’s necessary to discuss and touch ground on subjects such as having children, religion, financial status, lifestyle, etc.

You can also ask deeper, more intimate questions to learn about each other as much as possible.

Find a way to keep the spark alive

Just because you are thousands of miles away from each other doesn’t mean you should stop enjoying sex and intimacy.

From simple sexting to hours-long virtual sex sessions – there are ways to keep the fire burning. It’s also how you stay emotionally connected in a long-distance relationship because the emotional and the physical are not mutually exclusive.

It’s even easier with today’s technology, and I bet you’ll find it extremely enjoyable. All you need is a camera, a stable internet connection, and your imagination.

There are always sexting in a LDR and hot online games that will spice up your long-distance sex life for those who don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Stay open to experimenting with toys

Long-Distance Sex Toys by Lovense

Technological progress has brought so many changes to our society. Not only has it made long-distance dating mainstream, but it has also helped LDR partners bridge the distance.

The sex toys industry, for example, created toys for people in long-distance relationships. You can now “feel your partner” from a remote location. So, that’s a great option that can potentially help you feel less disconnected and empty some of that sexual frustration distance can create.

Organize virtual date nights

If you are running out of ideas on how to show you care in a long-distance relationship, here’s a great one – virtual dates for long distance nights! Eating while sitting in front of the computer may not sound like the most exciting date in the world, but there are ways to make it more romantic.

Set up the mood by lighting up candles and playing slow and calm music in the background. You should also dress for the occasion. Your partner will appreciate the effort you put into looking good for them!

Give them a surprise visit

Nothing beats being in the physical presence of your partner. Most long-distance couples need to come together from time to time to confirm and reinforce what they share online. So, why don’t you give your partner the best gift out there and just “show up” unannounced?

Of course, it’s easier if you live close by, like in the next town or a neighboring state. Then you should visit each other regularly. Putting effort into spending actual time together is how you show you care in an LDR.

Obviously, you should do “subtle” research by asking them about their plans and schedule without raising any suspicions. You don’t want to fly across states just to realize they are away on a business trip.

Show affection with a random gift

Long Distance Friendship Gifts

Gift-giving is a love language. Since you are in a different location and can’t just pick up a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates and ring their bell, you will have to get more creative.

Depending on your location, giving them a gift can get tricky, but it’s still doable and very much possible. Again, thanks to technology, you can order a gift online and have it shipped to your LDR partner’s address. Or, if that’s not an option, you can ask a friend of theirs to get the gift you chose and reimburse them online or later in person.

It doesn’t need to be anything big or expensive. Trust me; it’s not about the money as it is about the attention and the effort.

We have put together for you a list of the best long distance friendship gifts.

Livestream a movie or a comedy show

Despite staying a few zip codes away, you can still enjoy your favorite movies or share a laugh from the comfort of your homes. Services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and even Zoom now have features like “telepathy” that allow people to stream movies online and comment while watching them.

You don’t have to be in the flesh to enjoy the latest flick or laugh with your favorite comedian. Going to the movies is still one of my favorite date night ideas, and now there is no reason to miss such an experience even when in a long-distance relationship.

Send actual letters

Are you a hopeless romantic wondering how to stay emotionally connected with your partner? If “Yes” is your answer, here’s an all-time classic – letters! Yup, they still work! Yup, people still love reading them.

E-mails give instant gratification, but they lack character. There is some kind of magic that happens when you put pen to paper. Sending actual letters is so rare nowadays that it’s considered a grand romantic gesture.

The thing is, they really are special, especially because you can spritz your perfume on the paper for an extra personal touch. Imagine you open an envelope, and the room immediately fills your partner’s scent you haven’t felt in weeks, if not months!

Final Tips to Stay Emotionally Connected in a LDR

A successful long-distance relationship comes with many challenges that you need to overcome. Unfortunately, distance also creates a lack of physical contact and intimacy, resulting in sexual and emotional frustration, which puts a lot of strain on an LDR if not addressed.

To avoid such struggles, you need to find a way to express your emotions and feelings to your partner. 

Communicating reduces the negative effects of space and time that keep you apart and helps you stay emotionally connected between your visits.

Thriving LDR couples claim that distance will only bring you closer if there is love, trust, and commitment. 

The chances are, if you take the right steps, you will get out of this stronger and better as a couple!

I'm Jesse, your long-distance relationship expert. I share tips and advice on my blog to help you navigate the ups and downs of long-distance love. Whether you're just starting out or have been apart for years, my blog is here to help you stay connected and happy despite the distance.

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