Long Distance Love: How to Keep it Strong Despite the Doubts

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Many people who have experienced being in a long-distance relationship know the struggle to keep their love alive. The problem does not come from their willingness to try, but it springs from the challenges and obstacles that continuously make them feel emotionally exhausted. In other words, instead of being happy and inspired, sometimes an LDR causes them to feel scared, insecure, and anxious about what their days of not being together would bring.

If you want to keep the fire of your long-distance love alive despite the doubts, the only way to keep the flames burning stronger is to follow these inspiring pieces of advice.

1. Express and show love in everything that you do.
Expressing genuine love requires more than words. If you want to keep the love in your LDR, you have to learn how to show it.

Even the smallest acts or gestures can make a huge difference as long as they are done in love and sincerity. Send them “good morning” text messages, ask them about their day, randomly send them some cute packages, or write sweet love letters.

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2. Refuse to feel sad about being in an LDR.
It’s normal to feel sad and alone when you are in a long-distance relationship. The feelings of loneliness and longing can happen almost every day, but you mustn’t entertain these emotions as often as you can.

Try doing other productive and fun things that can make you forget about what you are feeling at the moment.

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3. Don’t let petty arguments put a dent in your bond.
Small arguments about trivial matters may not directly affect your relationship but make them frequent and repetitive, and you’ll see how they can slowly but surely put a dent in your bond.

These petty arguments are the top culprits that, if they accumulate in enough numbers, can end long-term relationships – and this includes LDRs that have endured for years.

4. Stop waiting for love to complete you.
If you want to keep long-distance love more robust, make sure that you’re not putting all your energy and your efforts into making it last. The thing about putting too much focus on your romantic relationship is, it can lead you to neglect other aspects of your life.

To give love, you have to learn how to love yourself first – and this can only be done if you feel whole and content with what you have outside of your relationship first.

5. Break free from the fears of being apart.
Don’t be afraid of what could happen next because it will only prevent you from living your life to the fullest. Instead, focus on looking at a happier future when you’re finally together.  More importantly, being afraid can also prevent you from accepting and appreciating what love has to offer.

6. Start accepting your present reality and focus on living it.
By accepting your reality as it is, you are opening yourself to all the possibilities that will come with being in a long-distance relationship. It also makes you more courageous in facing doubts and uncertainties.

Being doubtful and losing faith in your relationship will only cause your love for your partner to fade because you will eventually equate loving and be loved in the present to hurt and heartbreaks in the future, fearing that your LDR might not work in the end.

7. Appreciate your partner’s thoughts and efforts.
Just like how you want your efforts to be appreciated, you should also be grateful for your partner’s things and actions for you. When a person feels that what they are doing makes their significant other happy, these acts of love can strengthen the foundation, especially of LDRs already on the brink of falling apart.

8. Learn from the consequences of constantly over-thinking.
Overthinking and overanalyzing never solve anything, especially if you are in a long-distance relationship. All these realities that you have created in your head do more harm than good. Instead of solving a problem or neutralizing an argument, their effects can make things worse.

If you love your partner enough, you have to give them a chance to explain their side of the story and not rely on your judgment. Focus on resolving issues rather than finding more ways to complicate them more.

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9. Focus on the good things and learn from the bad.
Every relationship indeed has its ugly stages, especially during the worst fights and arguments between couples. While these memories can ruin a beautiful love story, it’s essential to shift your focus on the good things, the happy memories, and the good times you shared.

If you want to keep your long-distance love more vital after a fight, lean on these happy memories to get you through the bad times.

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10. Always choose love during the toughest moments.
In connection to the previous sections, you have always consciously to choose love above everything. With all its qualities of kindness, patience, and selflessness, love can help you understand why some days in your love story are not perfect.

Love will help you realize that despite the imperfections you have in your relationship, it’s still worth fighting for.

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11. Remember why you are still holding on.
Remember why you are still here, holding on to that person no matter how hard and challenging an LDR is. Remind yourself of all your sacrifices as a couple, remember your dreams and reminisce the moments that made you realize that you are right where you belong: in the arms of someone you love, someone who chose to love you through thick and thin, in sickness and in health.

12. Fight for what you have, together.
Never face the challenges of your LDR alone, especially when it comes to moments that challenge your love for each other. You are in a relationship, and being in one means having another soul to hold your hand in journeying through life.

It takes a tremendous amount of faith to keep a long-distance relationship’s love alive. But, by choosing and believing that you can make it work, you are already one step closer to creating a lasting bond that can be strong enough to stand the test of time and distance.

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Charm Villalon
Charm is a writer and a student. She is currently completing her Graduate Degree in Language Studies while refining her creativity and related skills through the visual arts: drawing and painting.

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