Does Long Distance Create Emotional Distance In Your Relationship?
Living apart from a partner is never easy. Because you may go a long time without seeing each other, the literal distance can often create emotional distance or a feeling that this relationship is not a priority to one or both partners. The more you fight about long distance, the more frustration or hurt you may feel. It can also create a problem when one partner’s expectations about long distance is different from the other’s. Moreover, long distance can make it harder to share the mundane day-to-day activities, challenges, and accomplishments of each of your lives, which can lead to feeling disconnected and lonely.
You may both want to feel closer, but don’t know how to make it happen, or you may fight about one partner caring more to stay connected. Do you and your partner have different expectations for how you should handle living apart? For example, do you fight about how often you talk or how you can keep the connection despite the distance? Or has living apart interfered with one or both of you feeling emotionally close? If so, read below to learn more about how to address these concerns.
“We both want things to get better but don’t know how to make things better.”