Maintaining a Relationship (Friendship or Romantic!) in Lockdown | Long Distance Relationships

A few months ago, almost everyone’s relationships — romantic or friendships — became, in effect, long distance relationships. I have had some experience of being in an LDR before, but only for short bursts of up to three months. And even then, we still saw each other regularly as we were about 100 miles apart, and had public transport to use at will. Things are a lot different in lockdown. This post is going to be coming at you in two parts, part 1 being about how suddenly being in a long distance relationship might affect your relationship, and part 2 will have some ideas for social activities you can do together. This post is absolutely, 100% NOT just about romantic relationships. Long distance friendships are also a struggle and emotionally taxing, and that needs to be normalised! Especially for university students in a similar position to myself, where I went from living with my friends at uni to living with my parents, it is a big shock. It’s almost a kind of homesickness! So please, interpret the word “relationships” in this post to mean platonic or romantic unless specified. Also, this is all drawn from my own experience, so you may have very different experiences! I’ve tried to draw on things I think others will relate to though.

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