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Relationship Under Lockdown: How to Survive a Long-Distance Relationship During the Pandemic

Maybe couples in a long-distance relationship do not know when they will be able to travel and see each other again. Maybe right now, the pandemic feels like a pressure cooker for relationship issues you already had. One thing is for sure, the COVID-19 crisis has affected a romantic relationship.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Unlike a few months ago, when the coronavirus outbreak was just starting to attack, we are on a less strict quarantine now. Shops started to reopen, and public transportation is back to operation. But we all know the virus is still there. Limiting face to face contact with other people is still the best way to keep yourself and your family away from COVID-19. We are still practicing self-isolation and traveling less. That sounds perfectly fine because you are going to spend more time with your family. What about your boyfriend? Girlfriend? Partner? You may be living within driving distance but going out remains risky.

Maybe couples in a long-distance relationship do not know when they will be able to travel and see each other again. Maybe right now, the pandemic feels like a pressure cooker for relationship issues you already had. One thing is for sure, the COVID-19 crisis has affected a romantic relationship. It has truly brought an obstacle to the couples who are used to normal visits, regular dates, and travels.

So to those couples who are experiencing challenges with long-distance relationships due to the pandemic, these tips and encouragement might help. Cause we know, even partners who are used to being apart are not used to being apart like this.

First and foremost, accept the indefiniteness.



It is very important to accept that COVID-19 dramatically transformed our lives and postponed whatever plans you had. It may be really difficult for the both of you to not know when you will be able to see each other and have a normal date again, but learning how to accept indefiniteness will help reduce your stress and sadness.

Virtual dates can keep your relationship strong on a pandemic.



Doing self-isolation and being in a long-distance relationship does not mean you won't see each other until COVID-19 ends. With numerous tools and social media sites available, you can still have romantic dates through FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and Zoom. While it is way different from normal dating, it is still better than totally not seeing each other. Besides, keeping your communication open can help you learn more about each other and it can give you something to look forward to when it is okay to meet again.

Some virtual date ideas you may do are staging a dinner date or watching a movie or a series together with Netflix Party.

Future planning will give you something to be excited about when the pandemic ends.


Yes, accepting uncertainties is a must, but making plans for the future is a way of telling yourself that everything will be okay soon. You can list down the places you plan to visit together, or even the kind of house you would like to purchase.

Be honest about your feelings.



Dealing with relationship problems and fixing the issues may be a little challenging when you are not talking face-to-face. But during situations like this, it is necessary to talk about how you are feeling. Communication is everything when you are in a long-distance relationship so it is best if you tell each other whatever makes you feel hurt, sad, insecure, annoyed, or offended. Letting emotions build up is a big no-no in long-distance relationships, so it is okay to confront hard feelings as soon as they arise.

Have at least one meal together, even when you are apart.

Similar to the dating tips we mentioned earlier, doing some things together virtually will give you more time to talk about nice things such as future travels, future plans, funny stories, and whatever fun things you like to talk about. Creating a schedule such as eating together virtually at least once a day will keep your communication open and relationship healthy in the midst of a pandemic.

Get to know your loved one on a deeper level.

This pandemic can be an opportunity for couples to connect deeply with each other. Try asking creative questions to one another such as your most unforgettable childhood memory, the best place that you have always dreamed of visiting, or you can talk about why you love each other.

Bottom line: Don't let a pandemic get in the way of your relationship. I'm sure your connection and love for each other are deeper and stronger than a virus. Just always be open and be honest with each other.