You could have met your dear one on a subway. You spent six beautiful months together and the world comes crashing down on you when you realize he will move into a new country with a different time zone. There! There! We have all faced one long-distance relationship in our lifetime and we know it can cause many problems in our lives and our relationship. Most of us who have been in long-distance already knows that it cannot only be merely difficult but also takes a toll on our mental health. If you are moving into a long-distance relationship with your partner it is better to have some knowledge on what could go wrong.
Here are some long-distance problems:
Whether it is the time difference that is bothering you or you live in different states, miscommunication is the part and parcel of a long-distance relationship. It is always harder to understand the tone, body language and other attributes in a conversation. For most relationships, a conversation should be balanced. With a long-distance relationship it is often difficult to have proper communication. Imagine yourself having a serious conversation and your partner says something that you might deem offensive. In an ideal relationship, there are chances that you might understand the tone and verbal connotation to the statement with the help of the body language. However, in an LDR it is almost never possible.
On an ideal day, in a normal relationship you make plans to hang out with the love of your life but in a long-distance relationship loneliness is evident. With miles away from your partner you are mostly confused about going about it. You miss them all through the day. There is no place for you to have physical intimacy or closeness. Hanging pictures of your partner and the good time you spent might be able to get you through some days but it does not do away with the hollowness you feel. One can also get into depression and face issues such as anxiety from the stress of living all by themselves. It is one of the most common long-distance problems one faces.
Whether you like it or not, people grow apart with time and distance. In a normal relationship, you get to experience each other’s growth as a person. In a long-distance relationship, you grow on your own and sometimes the person you met 6 months ago is not the same person anymore. It can be really frustrating but to understand it and make peace with it is often helpful.
Long-distance relationships can become really stressful for someone who has mental health issues and can worsen your condition. Time is one’s enemy in an LDR. Some of the long-distance problems even go as far as cheating with another person. It is often hard to be in a long-distance relationship and one should reflect on the consequences before getting into one.