Five tips for keeping back-to-school long-distance relationships alive

Reality panelist Emma Garrya

With the beginning-of-school buzz dying off, everyday routines are starting to fall back into place for the majority of high schoolers. Those of us in long distance relationships, on the other hand, have the reality that our significant others are really gone.

Whether they’re a three-hour drive or a plane ride away, the fact that you no longer pass them in the halls or see them on Friday nights is starting to sink in.

Now I may not be a relationship expert, but I am dealing with this on my own and can relate 100 percent to everything you’re going through.

So, here are five tips for helping you get through this semester and have a stronger relationship than ever:

1. Send letters and packages

Even if it’s just a postcard from your trip to Philly, sending a little note or even a package can make a major difference. You may not be able to talk in person, but you now can read your significant other’s handwriting (which personally, makes me feel like I’m in some old-timey love story, looking out the window and reading my love letters. But, that’s just me).

2. Learn their schedule so you can send them “good luck” texts

Your significant other will love the fact that you’re cheering them on, even if you’re hundreds of miles away. If you can manage to do this without them knowing, then this will be a real treat!

3. Take advantage of the technology at your fingertips

We live in a world filled with amazing and different ways to talk to people, so go wild with them! Use texting, calling and FaceTime, but also mix it up a little. Send silly pictures of yourself over Snapchat, start a Live Story on Instagram with you and your friends and have them watch it. Even just having them see what your mom posts on Facebook can make a difference.

4. Think of the future, not about right now

Don’t think about how awful it is not seeing your other half on a day-to-day basis, think about how much fun it will be to see them over Thanksgiving or winter break. Plan different activities, like going Black Friday shopping or having a scary movie marathon (this might seem to clash with the holiday season, but really it’s just an excuse to cuddle up under blankets).

5. Remember, there’s a reason you decided that long distance would work

Whether it’s that you know you’re going to marry your significant other some day, you want to prove to the haters in your life that long distance works, or you just figured what’s the harm in trying, you and your significant other decided to try and make this work. If either of you didn’t have some inkling of faith that you could be successful, then you wouldn’t be trying in the first place.

So my suggestion is, have a positive attitude and believe that your relationship will grow and become stronger than ever.

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