Relationships can be difficult, but trying to keep a long distance relationship together and thriving is even more difficult. Especially if you’ve never done it before. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. As long as you love and care for one another, the relationship can and will last. Here are a few tips I personally learned that will help.

See it as an opportunity.

You have the opportunity to learn and grow. You need to learn how to live on your own before you can be happy living with someone else. Take the time you do have to really get to know the other person.

Set some ground rules.

Know what they expect and let them know what you expect. Be sure you both understand the others wants and needs. This will resolve many unwanted issues.

Communicate regularly and creatively. 

Communication is key in any relationship. So when doing long distance try calling, texting, video chatting, etc. Come up with exciting ways to communicate so you don’t get bored.

Talk dirty.

I know it sounds unconventional, but everyone has a sex drive. And when you can’t see one another you need to relieve that sexual tension somehow.

Do similar things.

Watch the same shows, read the same books, and things like this. This will give you things to talk about.

Visit one another.

It may not happen often, but you should still make plans to see each other. This will keep the romance alive.

Have a goal in mind.

Know what you want out of the relationship and what your partner wants out of it. Understand why you are in the relationship and what you are working for.

Enjoy your time apart.

Spend time with friends and family. Spend time with yourself. Enjoy being on your own.

Stay honest with each other.

Let them know when you’re scared or worried. Tell them what is going on and how you feel. Don’t hide your emotions.

Know each other’s schedules.

Know when the other person is busy, sleeping, or free. And tell them your schedule so you are on the same page. Schedule times to talk to one another. This will alleviate stress.

Give them something to hold on to.

Give them something special that will remind them of you.

Stay positive.

Don’t worry so much about what they are doing or who they are with. Learn to trust them and be secure in your relationship. Keep communicating.