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By Lulu Jeh | July 17th, 2023

Dear Lulu Jeh,

I hope this message finds you well. I’ve been a reader of your column for a while now, and I finally decided to reach out for some advice.

Here’s the deal: I’m in a long-distance relationship with my partner, and it’s been tough. We talk on the phone and video chat, but it’s just not the same as being together in person. I’m starting to feel frustrated and discouraged, and I don’t know how to deal with these feelings. I really want to make this work, but I’m not sure if I can handle the distance for much longer.

Do you have any tips for coping with the challenges of a long-distance relationship? How can I keep the spark alive and stay connected with my partner, even when we’re miles apart?

Thank you for your time and advice, Lulu Jeh. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

— LDR-4-Life

Hi LDR-4-Life,

I’m glad you reached out to me for advice about your long-distance relationship. It’s understandable to feel like something is missing when you’re not able to be with your partner in person, and I’m happy to help you figure out ways to cope with this situation.

One important thing to focus on is communication. Make sure you’re regularly talking with your partner about your feelings, needs, and goals for the relationship. It’s important to be open and honest with each other, as this can help build trust and intimacy, even when you’re not physically together.

Another way to stay connected is to find creative ways to share experiences, even when you’re apart. This could include virtual date nights, sending care packages or letters, or exploring new hobbies or interests together. By finding ways to connect on a deeper level, you can keep the spark alive and strengthen your relationship.

Finally, it’s important to have a plan for the future. Talk with your partner about your long-term goals and how you see your relationship progressing. This can help give you both a sense of purpose and direction, even when you’re apart.

Remember, long-distance relationships can be challenging, but they can also be incredibly rewarding. By focusing on communication, staying connected, and having a plan for the future, you and your partner can build a strong and lasting relationship, no matter the distance.

I hope this advice is helpful to you. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to support you.

Love & Light,

Lulu Jeh

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