Relationships Spouses & Partners Keeping a Long Distance Marriage Healthy By Sheri Stritof Sheri Stritof Sheri Stritof has written about marriage and relationships for 20+ years. She's the co-author of The Everything Great Marriage Book. Learn about our editorial process Updated on August 22, 2020 Medically reviewed Verywell Mind articles are reviewed by board-certified physicians and mental healthcare professionals. Medical Reviewers confirm the content is thorough and accurate, reflecting the latest evidence-based research. Content is reviewed before publication and upon substantial updates. Learn more. by Carly Snyder, MD Medically reviewed by Carly Snyder, MD Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Carly Snyder, MD is a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist who combines traditional psychiatry with integrative medicine-based treatments. Learn about our Medical Review Board Print PhotoAlto/Sigrid Olsson/Getty Images Being in a long-distance marriage creates complications and can make a marriage even more challenging. Here are a few tips for keeping your marriage strong even though you are not living under the same roof. Communication Is Critical The key, as it is in all relationships, is communication. Keep the lines of communication open on a daily basis. Send photographs, Skype one another, send text messages, share short videos online or through cloud computing. Technology is a very useful tool (this is even supported by scientific research), as long as you find the methods that work best for you. Although you are apart from one another, make time for one another. Here are some ideas: Send a love letter or an emailWrite in a shared journalDaydream about your spouseChat online or through text messagesStream a movie or TV show and watch "together" by Skyping or FaceTimingEnrich your online communication with electronic cards, music, poems, movies, and storiesPlay online games togetherSend care packagesKeep photos of each other displayed in your separate spacesGive one another a scented pillowcase or shirt to help feel present with each other Plan a trip, a few days away together, or some fun activity (other than sex) to do when the two of you are back together. It helps to always have time to look forward to when you will next be together in the same place, whether that is every weekend or only a few times a year. In successful long-distance marriages, couples remain both interdependent and interconnected despite their distances. That means they keep each other involved in daily life and tasks. Prioritize Trust Share your expectations about being apart from one another. Also, share your expectations about being together again. It is vital that you are both committed to one another and truly believe in your marriage. Be open about your separate social activities. Secrets breed mistrust—and when your partner knows what you are doing, they'll feel more connected to you, even from far away. Your long-distance marriage will fail if there is a lack of trust between you. Be honest about your concerns and fears about your separation. Some couples find that long-distance marriage is easier than other long-distance relationships because they worry less about the possibility of breaking up. Instead, they focus on what they do share and how much they care about each other. Don't assume that infidelity will occur because of your physical separation. Most long-distance marriages do not have to deal with this heartache because of the love and commitment the spouses feel for one another. When you face challenges, discuss them with each other, not with outsiders like friends or relatives. (The exception: A couples' therapist could help guide you through a difficult period.) When You Are Reunited Don't rush into getting things done around the house right away or spending lots of time with friends who have missed the traveling spouse too. Both partners will need some time to adjust to being back together. Children and pets will also need time to adapt to the new reality of having everyone under one roof. 1 Source Verywell Mind uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Lindemann DJ. Going the distance: Individualism and interdependence in the commuter marriage. J Marriage Family. 2017;79(5):1419-1434. doi:10.1111/jomf.12408. By Sheri Stritof Sheri Stritof has written about marriage and relationships for 20+ years. She's the co-author of The Everything Great Marriage Book. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist for Relationships Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.