Congratulations on surviving another year (or perhaps the first year) of your long distance relationship. Spending so much time apart is difficult, especially over the holiday season. But you have made it into 2015 now. This is a great opportunity for you to reflect on the year just gone; the good memories, and the bad.
While you may have already chosen your New Year’s resolutions, there is still time to add just a few more. In terms of your relationship, we realise that your goal (in the case of most LDRs) is to close the distance. But this might still be a long time away, so until then, why not consider setting some short term goals for the New Year? These are some of our favourite examples of New Year’s resolutions for long distance couples.
Meet in person for the first time
For those of you that have not met your partner in person, this is the perfect opportunity to commit to making this the year that it will happen.
Whatever has been stopping you before, whether it is money, fear of travel or even just nerves, make a resolve to your partner that you will see them this year.
With plenty of careful planning, saving and a whole year ahead of you, there is no better time to make this promise!
Spend more (physical) time with your partner than last year
Of course, some of you will have met in person before, and may even be visiting your partner on a regular basis.
Even so, in most long distance relationships, time with your partner is short and precious. So vow to spend more time with your partner this year; whether it involves staying a few extra days, or taking more trips.
But whatever you do try to maximise the amount of time you have together and make the most of it.
Increase the amount of virtual dates you share with your partner
We cannot forget however, that most of our time in a long distance relationship is spent apart. So as well as committing more physical time to your partner, why not also commit more time to them while you are kept apart.
Try to work towards a goal where you video chat a certain amount of times a week, and keep these times free and dedicated to your partner. It will help you feel much closer, and keep life from getting in your way.
Take a vacation together to a completely new location
One of the more exciting entries on our list, try to visit a location that is new to the both of you.
Being in a LDR does not mean you are constrained to just visiting your partner at home, and sometimes you will find yourself yearning to take a holiday like a normal couple.
It may be a little more expensive, as you will also have to pay for accommodation, but overall the experience will be worth it for the memories it will create and the amount it will strengthen your bond with your partner.
Send your first care package
A care package is a parcel filled with things that you think your partner will love. You can fill it with anything from letters, to sweet treats, to blankets filled with your scent, or anything else your heart desires.
Receiving a package in the mail can help make up for your absence, as well as make your partner feel extra special. So resolve to send your partner their first care package this year, and give them an awesome surprise!
So what are your New Year’s resolutions? Let us know what you will be changing in your long distance relationship this New Year in the comments below.