Day Four: Keep Friends and Family Close

At times, a LDR can feel like a breakup. It’s important to try and keep yourself busy and stay positive. The best way to do this is to distract yourself from thinking about the separation. You may be able to distract yourself with TV, exercise, or books but your friends and family can help distract you even more than you can distract yourself.

Catching up with a long lost friend can tremendously improve your mood. It helps keep your mind off of your partner while you have some fun! Friends can also listen if you need to vent about the LDR. Trust me, you will need them there for you. It can be very therapeutic to just talk about the situation and get someone else’s point of view. I’ve talked to many friends, some mutual with Jay, since he moved and they have really helped keep me level-headed and positive about everything.

One of the “best” parts about a LDR is that you can freely live your own social life. It’s a time for you to get to know yourself, catch up with old friends, and meet new friends. You don’t have to worry that you’re having tons of fun when your SO is stuck home alone (not that you had to before, but eliminates some of the possible social stresses).

It is also imperative that you spend time with your family. My siblings and I have grown much closer over the years. We don’t talk much about personal things, but just seeing them makes me instantly happier. Everyone understands what I’m going through and they’re all very supportive. There’s nothing more powerful than a family’s love and if you’re in a LDR you should take full advantage of it.

So keep your friends and family close. You can survive this LDR!

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