Long-distance relationships are both exciting and depressing. How, you ask? While the mere thought of meeting your partner after a long time gives you butterflies in your tummy, the never-ending struggle of getting misunderstood and not being able to solve fights because you can’t meet them in person can give you a terrifying headache.
However, the most difficult part, and you would agree with us on this, is to sail through a tough phase in a long-distance relationship. It can be extremely difficult, at times, to decide whether you should pause your efforts or put in some more to get through the situation.
So, if you, too, suffer from the same struggles, here are 5 tips to help you sail through a tough phase in your long-distance relationship.
The main cause of fights in a long-distance relationship, or any relationship, is misinterpreting. At times, we tend to twist the meanings of things and interpret them in our way. More so, if the conversation is through messages. The key here is to avoid misinterpreting, instead ask your partner what exactly he or she meant and how you felt about it. So, before picking up fights thinking the other person meant something else, you should pause and ask.
Clear your misunderstandings
A misunderstanding is a relationship breaker. And once it has found home in your relationship, it can be difficult to let go of. Hence, the mantra is to talk it out. Ask and even interrogate but never let misunderstandings in fights direct you or your relationship.
Couples in long-distance relationships, often, forget to give space to their partner. While you may think your partner has all the space in the world, he or she may feel stuck. So, give your partner that little space that he or she deserves and don’t dictate their lives. If you had a fight recently or your relationship is going downhill, instead of getting annoyed or annoying your partner, give them space to figure it out. Things will definitely get back to normal soon.
Conversation is key
Most of us tend to ignore the calls and messages of our partners if we just had a fight with them. And rightly so, it’s human nature, after all. However, escaping conversations and ignoring your partner will only add fuel to your fight. The best way is to hold a conversation, talk about what went wrong and how it could be avoided in the near future. If your partner is putting in that extra effort to call you in the middle of a fight, set your ego aside and talk it out.
Take initiative and apologize
Even if it’s not your fault, take the initiative and apologize to your partner. While your ego may not allow you to do so, keep it aside or throw it out and save your relationship. Sometimes a simple apology can prove to be a relationship saver. And if it’s about a long-distance relationship where you can’t do much, an apology is the best option. Don’t believe it? Try it out.