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Long Distance Relationships

Long Distance Relationships

A tough blog for me to write but a very important one! My lovely boyfriend Mitch moved to Montpellier, South of France, at the start of July 2020. 🙁 Mitch moved to France to continue his pilot training and here we are 7 months down the line and it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes.

This blog isn’t just for those who are in long-distance relationships but also for those who have friends and family that live abroad or very far away. Over the past 6 months, we have gathered a few different ways of staying in touch and how to do this in different ways instead of being glued to the phone.

Don’t get me wrong. Texting, FaceTiming, snap chatting and calling is marvellous, and without it, we wouldn’t be able to talk every single day, but every now and then we figured that simple things make a huge impact to not only your day but to your relationship too!

The Love Box

Now, this is an investment as it’s the most pricey resource we use to keep in touch however, Mitch can send me little messages through The Love Box and every time he does send me a message the little heart spins around until you lift the lid – it’s always a lovely surprise!

It makes either a lovely present for your other half or a great investment together, but if you know you’re going to be apart for a long time, this is such a thoughtful method of communication.

Sending letters

A classic form of communication that throws you back to the 18th century. We both try and send each other letters at least once a month, as again, it’s a different way to communicate other than over text.

Another thing I absolutely love about sending letters: I send them to my boyfriend who lives abroad, friends that live in this country and family members that live down the road. So even if you don’t live a million miles away, lockdown has made it easier for us all to grab a pack of stamps and send our loved ones a few letters in the post. I keep all my letters in a box, which is lovely to be able to keep and look back on.

Date Nights

Another preferred method of keeping in touch with your partner is regular date nights. On the same date every month we sit down and have a date night. We cook the same meal, get ourselves a nice drink and FaceTime – pretending we’re in a nice restaurant having a date. Try this with friends and family too as lockdown is preventing us from going out for meals with friends. Sitting down for a virtual meal is just the same 🙂

Presents

When I say presents, I don’t mean sending extravagant presents in the post every week. I like to send Mitch little things every now and then, whether that be for a special occasion or just because…

Doing this every now and then comes as a surprise and, more importantly, lets the other person know you’re thinking of them!

So, give it a go, a friend you haven’t heard from in a while, a loved one you can’t see as much as you’d hope, or a family member that lives down the road. Pop a letter in the post box or set up a phone call – it’ll not only cheer you up but it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your loved one’s face.

Never miss an opportunity to tell someone you love them, because it is so, so important!

Take care and keep smiling friends 🙂

Amelia



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