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The long-distance dilemma: When to hold on and when to let go


When you’re in a long-distance relationship, your life can feel like an endless cycle of plane tickets and hotel rooms. You spend more time away from each other than with each other, which can make it especially difficult to stay connected and focused on making your relationship work. In this situation, it’s easy to become dependent on your partner—and that dependency isn’t always good for either of you. The solution: You’ll need some extra support along the way if things are going well between you two or if they’re not going so well but you still want them to be better.

The long-distance dilemma: When to hold on and when to let go

The long-distance dilemma: When to hold on and when to let go

The first thing you need to understand is that distance doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. You may not be able to physically be with your partner, but it’s still possible for you both to stay in love and build a healthy relationship. In fact, sometimes the lack of physical proximity can actually help strengthen the bond between two people because it forces them into other ways of communicating with each other–like talking on the phone or video chatting–and these new modes of communication allow them time together even when they’re apart.

However, there are some situations where distance makes for a rocky romance; if one person lives far away from their significant other or travels frequently for work (or both), then maintaining intimacy may become difficult over time as they begin spending less time together than before due their schedules getting busier and busier over time

If you need a little extra support, it’s time to find it.

If you’re feeling lonely, depressed or anxious and need some extra support, it’s time to find it. You can reach out to a therapist or join a support group. Your friends are another great resource for support–they may have gone through similar experiences with their partners and can help guide you through this difficult time. If none of that works for you, try talking with your partner about how they feel about being long-distance and what needs changing in order for things between the two of you to work out better in the future (and maybe even now). Breaking up because of distance can be a painful decision, but sometimes the reality of being separated by physical distance can make a relationship difficult to sustain.

Many people in long-distance relationships become very dependent on their partners, which can be unhealthy for both of you.

I know what it’s like to be dependent on someone. When I was younger, I had a boyfriend who lived far away. We talked on the phone every day and saw each other once or twice a month. He was my best friend, but I also relied on him for emotional support when I felt stressed out about school or work.

When he broke up with me (as most long-distance relationships do), it was devastating in many ways–and not just because we were no longer dating! The breakup caused me to question everything about myself: Why didn’t he want me anymore? Was there something wrong with me? Did my friends think less of me because they knew how dependent I’d become on this guy?

These questions led me down a path of self-doubt that lasted months after our breakup occurred; even now, years later, some parts of those feelings still linger deep within my core as an adult woman and entrepreneur who wants nothing more than independence in all aspects of life–including romantic ones!

You and your partner should have options for communicating, but also know when to let go.

You and your partner should have options for communicating, but also know when to let go.

You need to find a balance between being together and apart. Talk about what you need to feel connected, but also know when it’s time to let go. Don’t forget that you are an individual and not just a half of a couple!

You can lose your sanity if you don’t keep a clear head.

The long-distance relationship can be a difficult one to navigate, but if you go in with your eyes open and a clear head, it’s possible to have fun. Don’t let yourself be consumed by the situation: you will lose your sanity if you do.

It’s also important not to forget that if you want to keep having fun and enjoying life, sometimes setting boundaries is necessary (for example, when someone asks me “how are things going” I usually answer with “fine”).


The long-distance relationship is a tricky one, but it can be done. It takes a lot of patience, dedication and trust in your partner. The key is to keep communicating and not lose sight of what’s important: building a strong foundation for your future together.

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