Difficulties of Long-Distance Relationships

Long-distance relationships are a great way to make a relationship work between partners who go to school in different places or work in different cities. With technology becoming so prevalent and easy to use, maintaining a long-distance relationship isn’t as hard as it used to be. However, any time you’re not able to make direct, personal contact with a significant other, the effects can take their toll. Conveying thoughts and emotions over the phone or via Skype means words can get lost in translation and arguments can stem from simple misunderstandings. These effects can be even worse when communicating via text or email.  Thankfully for Austin residents, relationship counselor Kathleen Snyder knows what it takes to not only make long-distance relationships work, but to actually make them enjoyable for both partners.

What Can Make Long-Distance Relationships More Difficult

Long-distance relationships have many characteristics, as listed below, that sets them apart from regular relationships:

  • Higher expectations by partners for the quality of limited face-to-face meetings; fewer meetings means partners expect each meeting to be more special, smooth, and trouble-free
  • Trouble in assessing the state of the relationship; sorting out issues by text can lead to differences in interpretation; hard to prioritize addressing issues when visits are short
  • Trouble in maintaining geographically close friendships; having to always be available to talk or video chat despite potential time zone differences means local friends can be neglected
  • Higher financial burdens in order to maintain face-to-face contact; plane ticket prices and the stresses associated with air travel can take a toll on the resiliency of one or both partners.

With the help of a relationship counselor, however, you can address these and other issues that arise in a long distance relationship.

Discuss Long-Distance Relationships with an Austin Marriage Counselor

If you believe your relationship is suffering because of its long distance nature, now is the time to try relationship counseling. The sooner you see a counselor, the better the chances you can recover your relationship and find happiness once again. Call Kathleen Snyder from Marriage Like New: Therapy for Couples today at 512-659-8600 to learn more about how relationship counseling can help.