5 Tips To Keep Your Long Distance Relationship Healthy

5 Tips To Keep Your Long Distance Relationship Healthy

Long Distance is hard, but can be easy as 123.

Long distance can be hard, but with the right person it will make the whole thing ten times easier. Between the miles and busy times, it's hard to stay faithful and focused on one person but if you put in the effort, it'll be easy as 1-2-3. These small, simple and non-time consuming things can easily brighten up your lover's day and make the both of you happy.

1. Communication

Communication is key in any type of relationship, but for long distance it is crucial. Knowing how your partner is doing or how their day went can make your day better and put you in a better mood. It can also show that you care about your partner even if they are thousands of miles away. It'll feel easy with the right person, and it will be all worth it in the end.

2. Trust

The most hard, and obvious tip. Putting your trust in your partner will help with the distance because your mind won't wonder when thinking about what your partner is doing. Trusting your partner can not only help you now but also in the future. Jealousy may show up when thinking about your partner going out with friends, but the trust will help 100 percent of the time. You have to trust your partner to wait for you and if you have the right one, they will. Honesty can help with trust as well and will help your relationship grow and become healthy and stay that way.

3. FaceTime or Skype Dates

For long distance, this is like going on a real date, but not as scary. You can still watch your favorite movie, show, or talk about your day and watch each other laugh. You don't have to put too much effort in to it, you can even fall asleep while doing this. This activity will make your relationship seem semi-normal and will bring you and your partner closer.

4. Selfies on the daily

Sending selfies to your partner will always be a must but with long distance relationships, it can help that void of not being with each other. Send one on your way to work, class or before you go to bed to make your partner feel like they are there and they get to see you in every aspect of your life even though they can't be there to witness it for themselves.

5. Remind yourself that this is all worth it

It gets hard at night, or when you see happy couples eating lunch or walking to class together and you wish for about .2 seconds that that was you but then you remember the really good partner that you have and how you wouldn't trade them for the world. You'll want to throw that white flag up, but after a day like that, Skype or call your partner and tell them how much you mean to them. It's only temporary and the distance will be over soon.

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It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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