9 Fool-Proof Ways To Spice Up Your Long-Distance Relationship

December 17
how to make long distance relationships work

Keep things smooth and easy in a long-distance relationship.

Relationships are hard. The best ones are sometimes the hardest. What can make them even harder is adding a long-distance between the two partners? 

In fact, there are so many people who would say that long-distance relationships are impossible to sustain. Whether you are starting out with a long-distance relationship or are already in one, you will inevitably feel the strain of it.

But, it is not to say that it is impossible to keep things spicy in a long-distance relationship. In the era of technology and connectivity, there are so many things you can do to keep things A-Okay in your long-distance relationship. Here are a few tips.

Start a series together

Most couples, even if they live together, find that watching a series or movie together is great for their relationship. It is an easy way to plan a date night if you are far away from each other and to simply make time for the relationship. Pick a series that already has multiple seasons and choose the ideal time for both of you to finish one episode per day. Make this an everyday thing and you will hardly feel the strain of the distance anymore. Another important thing is to never watch an episode without your partner. This way, you can recommit yourself to the relationship while committing yourself to a show on Netflix.

Send care packages

More than care packages, send each other surprise gifts. Keep them on their toes with special, yet inexpensive gifts once a month. With the expectations of a gift every month, you will have something to look forward to from your long-distance partner. Make sure to add meaningful items to the package like the food they love to eat, a copy of the movies they have wanted to watch, and so on. You can also get something delivered to them from the place they are in. For example, if they love the pasta from their corner shop, get it delivered to their office as a surprise. 

Put pen to paper

We get that sending snail mails is out of the question these days but think about this for a minute - you get a mail from the postman, you run down to find that it has been addressed to you. And not just that, it is from the person you love. You open the envelope carefully (to keep it safe forever and hopefully show them to your children one day) and find a scented paper with your girlfriend/boyfriend’s handwriting. The letter is filled with details about how much they miss you and want you by their side. How touched and loved you would feel? This feeling is one of the best gifts that they can give you. Now imagine giving your partner a taste of the same feeling. So grab a paper and start writing.

Plan your real date

Whether you’re surprising your partner in their state or planning a short trip together at the weekend where you both are free, plan the entire day. If the date is not a surprise then plan the day along with your partner. Talk about places you’ll see together, things you’ll do together, and foods you’ll explore together. 

Play video games together

Video games are all not one type with battles and guns. There are tons of games available for any type of interest you might have. For example, there are live cooking simulation games if you’re into that. Or gardening or anything else that you and your partner might like doing together virtually. Find a common interest, sign up for a video game together, and plan to play for half an hour each day. Check out these games from 99Games that you and your partner will thoroughly enjoy playing.

Try couple’s app

If you are completely head-over-heels in love with your partner and are in a complete mess that they are so far away from you, then try a few couple’s apps. For example, if you both have Apple’s smartwatch, you can download apps that allow your partner to feel your heartbeat via their smartphone. You can also download other couple’s apps like personal messaging with a personalised theme. Explore the Play Store or App Store to find more apps that suit your particular needs.

Plan date nights

Zoom is not just for official work, you know? Schedule a romantic date night and plan everything for the T. Make the same type of food, put on a picnic blanket in your room, and get on a video call. Doing this at least once a month can go a long way in elevating any pressure that the long-distance might be putting on the two of you. It is also a great way to check-in with your partner about how their work is going on, more about the city they are in, and the new friends they have made.

Take up a fitness challenge together

While movies, series, and other things might be a great way to keep up with each other every day, it is important to engage in other goals together. Doing physical activities together in a scheduled way will take the pressure off of keeping everything romantic in the relationship. It gives both of you time to focus on individual goals while also having fun together. 

Take up hobbies together

Not everything in a long-distance relationship needs to be about romance. You can also engage in different hobbies together. Another great option is to take up a new skill that both of you are interested in and learn that together. Pick up a ukelele and join an online class together and make complete fools of yourselves during date nights. This is a great way to keep the fun in your relationship alive and thriving!

Believe it or not, it is these small gestures that make up a beautiful relationship, long-distance or not. And doing them will get you one step closer to the person you love and will keep things very real and very beautiful between the two of you. 

Can you think of anything else that can help ease the pain of a long-distance relationship? Help us, desperate souls, by letting us know in the comments.