6 Positive Things To Remember to Keep Your Long Distance Relationship Alive – YourTango, EHarmony

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Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 7.39.27 PM“Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out candles and fans fire” -Rochefoucauld

Love doesn’t always respect geographic boundaries, or easily take a backseat to educational pursuits, familial obligations, and career opportunities.

With an unprecedented number of dual-career couples in the modern world, being near the one you love is no longer always a guarantee. 

Long-distance relationships (LDR) are proliferating, with an estimated 14 million couples defining their relationships as such and a staggering 75 percent of engaged couples reporting having been in a long distance relationship at some point.

Even as they become more common, in no way is a long-distance relationship easy. 

They are hard … really hard. Living every day without the person you love most is like living on one meal a day instead of three. You can’t help feeling the gulf, the disconnection, the absence. You know ‘this is what it takes’ to keep the relationship going, and you don’t want to give up … but some days that pit in your stomach aches.

You wonder if, and for how long, you can keep this up, or worse, are you crazy for even trying. Surely no sane person could handle this, you tell yourself….

So, on the tough days when missing your far-away love feels like more than you can take, here are some ways to reframe the struggle to help make coping a bit easier:

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Alicia H. Clark, PsyD

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