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How I survived (and still survive) a long distance relationship under COVID-19



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Being apart during the coronavirus pandemic makes simple things, like having a cup of coffee together, seem like long-lost luxury.


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My hubby and I are no strangers to the long-distance devastation. In fact, 10 of our first 12 months together were spent physically apart. So yes, we are used to being apart, but not like this – not in the way the coronavirus pandemic forced us to be.

We are not used to being apart but knowing when we can see each other again. Before the coronavirus, we could at least design trips to see each other. We are not used to having wrenches thrown in all our intentions. Before the corona virus we were able to present life plans and talk about when and where we would go.

But the reality is that "pre-coronavirus" no longer exists, and it will never exist again. Now we go towards "after coronavirus."

Although we are not quite to that point yet I want to share how I survived (and still survive) a long distance relationship during the COVID-19 pandemic . In my story, several fantastic relationship therapists share their very best tips for managing a long distance relationship.

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Accepting indeterminacy

I have written before about how I am a planner . Ambiguity is not my jam – I like to know when, where, how and why things. Coronavirus does not allow any of it .

Adopting a "that's what it is" way of thinking has been crucial for both myself and my hubby. He is much more independent and easy going than I am, so I would say that this particular part has been exponentially easier for him, but we both realized early on that nothing could be set in stone.

I had to accept that the corona virus increases our lives and our plans. Although it is still difficult not to know when we will be able to live together again, I have learned that it is not worth paralyzing myself.

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Continue dating

This may be preserved advice, but it is only general because it works. FaceTime dates have kept our relationship strong while we are quarterly states away from each other. Scheduling them in advance gives us something to look forward to and face-to-face conversation feels special when not seeing each other in person is not an option.

Besides, when you can't do the same things you always do, you have to get creative. Virtual dates can help you and your partner learn more about each other, as well as discover new activities that you may love. When you meet again you can try some of these activities in person for a new fun date.

Get creative with virtual dates : Tour a museum or an entire city arrange a dinner and drink date or watch a movie with Netflix Party .

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