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Long Distance Top Tips

As quite a few of you will know I have been in a long distance relationship with James for a year and a half now, and we are still going strong (don't know how I've done it!) The past 18 months have been amazing, however the distance can be extremely hard at times and has caused many ups and downs. 
Our relationship started with James living in Birmingham and me living back in Suffolk, which meant we were 1 car journey, a train, a tube, another train and a 20 minute walk away from each other. Now I've moved to London, the travelling has reduced a bit, but it's still just as hard saying goodbye. 
I thought I would do a little post outlining 5 top tips for those of you who are in long distance relationships to look at when you are feeling a bit down and need cheering up. 

1. Make a list of places you want to go and things you want to do with each other, every time you meet up try to do one of those things. The more you do with each other, the more you will feel like you have made the most of your time together and the happier you will feel. Don't get me wrong, duvet days are sometimes called for, but I find getting out and doing things can make you so much happier. 

2. Every time you start missing them and asking yourself "Can I do this?" just think of everything you like/love about them, how happy you are when you are together and replace that question with "Would I rather be in a relationship with them and only see them every now and then, than not be in a relationship with them and never see them?" 

3. Talk. This is extremely important in any relationship, but especially in a long distance relationship, where it is easier to hide thoughts and feelings. Overthinking is the worst and tiny thoughts can escalate into massive problems.  If you are worrying about something or finding it difficult tell them and I am sure you will be able to talk it through and resolve it together. The more you bottle it up, the worse you will feel. 

4. When you spend time together take loads and loads and LOADS of pictures. Then, when you are missing them you can flick through and remember all the amazing times you have had with them. You could even spend time making a scrapbook, which is something special you can treasure. 

5. Make use of technology. Text, iMessage, WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime, Twitter, Facebook, BBM, you name it! There are so so many ways to communicate, there is nothing stopping you. Good communication is key in all long distance relationships. 

I hoped this helped a tiny bit, if not a lot!

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