Surviving a LDR

1. Have a Date Night

One of the hardest things about being apart is not being able to do “normal” couple things. However, with a bit of creativity, you can still go on dates. For example, rent the same movie and watch simultaneously, while you talk together on the telephone or through instant messenger. Create a romantic mood by dimming the lights and lighting candles.

2. Play a Game Together

Couples that play together, stay together. Luckily, the internet provides a wide variety of games that you can play with each other. Fantasy games like Everquest, board games like Chess or Scrabble, and card games like Canasta or Poker are just a few of the choices available.

3. Fill a Calendar with Reminders

Let your sweetie know that you’re always together in your thoughts by buying a day calendar and filling it with reminders. Mark special occasions like your anniversary, the next time you’ll see each other, and romantic holidays on it. On days in between, leave love notes and reminders of wonderful times you’ve had together. Have a calendar custom-made with pictures of you to make it even more romantic.

4. Give a Kiss for Each Day You’re Apart

To help make it easier to bear the time apart, send your lover a treat for each day that you’re separated. A Hershey’s Kiss, for example, or a box of love letters and poems, with a new note to open each morning will brighten your beloved’s day. Surprise kisses are good, too – tuck little notes in your sweetheart’s luggage or hide some in unexpected places around the house after a visit.

5. Dream Together

If you can’t be together, dreaming about the time when you will be is a good substitute. Send your love an email each morning with a picture of a place where you would like to vacation together, or describe the date that you would like to have that night in detail. Compile a list together of the things that you would like to do, so that you can check them off when you are no longer separated.