Being in a long distance marriage creates complications and can make a marriage even more challenging. Here are a few tips for keeping your marriage strong even though you are not living under the same roof.
- The key, as it is in all relationships, is communication. Keep the lines of communication open on a daily basis. Send photographs, Skype one another, send text messages, short videos online or through cloud computing.
- It is vital that you are both committed to one another and truly believe in your marriage.
- Your long distance marriage will fail if there is a lack of trust between you.
- Although you are apart from one another, make time for one another. You can do this by sending a love letter, an email, writing in a journal, day-dreaming about your spouse, or having a chat online or through text messages.
- Share your expectations about being apart from one another. Also, share your expectations about being together again.
- Be honest about your concerns and fears about your separation.
- Consider having a daily dialogue with each other.
- Keep a daily journal.
- Give one another a scented pillow case or shirt to help keep your presence with them.
- Plan a trip, a few days away together, or some fun activity (other than sex) to do when the two of you are back together.
- Enrich your online communication with electronic cards, music, poems, movies, and stories.
- With more opportunities to watch movies and television shows online, you both could watch a show and then talk, chat, or text about it with each other.
- Send care packages to each other often.
- Play online games together.
- Surprise each other once in a while with a phone call.
- Don't assume that infidelity will occur because of your physical separation. Most long distance marriages do not have to deal with this heartache because of the love and commitment the spouses feel for one another.
- Since you can't read one another's non-verbal communication, use symbols or words or happy faces to describe your thoughts better.
- When you are back together, don't rush into getting things done around the house right away. Allow the returning spouse to have some time to adjust to being back home.