Coping with Long-Distance Relationships

Keeping Communication Going

Staying in touch regularly seems to be the biggest hurdle to long-distance relationships -- and the single biggest way to make them succeed. Everyone insists: You've got to talk to each other. And, happily, some women are able to give tips on how to make that happen.

"We try to communicate by chat as much as possible to keep costs down, but we always end up calling on the phone," Zerlina says. "We would talk forever on the phone if it wasn't for the distance and money. Sometimes it is hard because we don't have that human touch and affection every day or even every once in a while, which is needed."

"I think writing letters is more personal than email and talking on the phone," says hackx. "I also think making care packages and sending them to your loved one, filled with things they can keep and remember you by, is a nice thing to do -- and it gives you something to do to keep your mind off of things for a while."

Closing the Distance

Eventually, we all want our relationships to "go somewhere" -- and with a long-distance relationship, that often means that one person or the other has to go somewhere. It's not an easy decision to face.

Rmh77's situation encapsulates the problem. "We are very happy, and I can't imagine anyone who could be more right for me, but I'm just so torn," she says. "I will have to leave all my family and friends and try to find a job there. I guess I'm afraid, because I'm terribly close to my family. Should I be engaged before making such a decision to move 2,000 miles away?"

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