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    Olivia Sanders

    Tough Times in a Long-Distance & Midlife Crisis Relationship

    Dealing with something like a long-distance relationship compounded by a midlife crisis is no simple feat. It’s a double whammy, one that can make life feel like you are constantly walking a tightrope. The good news is that there is some comfort to be found, and a way forward. Here, we will explore tips and advice on how to navigate such distinctly challenging times in a long-distance and midlife crisis relationship.

    Life's roads are rarely straight and narrow - especially when it comes to long-distance relationships. The struggle becomes even more apparent during a period of midlife crisis, when emotions run high, fear of the unknown lurks around every corner, doubts start to creep in, and insecurities rise to the surface. To try and make this situation easier, break down problems into smaller pieces, or parts. You can then focus on the individual issues, rather than one big and overwhelming problem.

    The key here is to open conversations about feelings or worries. Being transparent about your thoughts and fears can do wonders for stress relief and brings two people closer together – even over great distances. It’s also best to keep judgement at bay; failure to do so could leave the person feeling dismissed and alone, while they are going through a challenging time.

    It’s no secret that communication plays a critical role in Marriage and Romance, regardless of the distance. Communication is the key to connecting deeply, whether you’re in the same room or miles apart. Communication is easy to say, but once you get into talking about academic or financial concerns, or fears for the future, some people may not be sure of how to start or continue the conversation.

    Leading with empathy, vulnerability, and honesty are always the best course of action. Ask open-ended questions to encourage your partner to speak and be heard. Keep things light but meaningful by engaging them in activities, such as puzzles, online games, and other fun stuff to do remotely. And let yourself be vulnerable and ask to be understood.

    With any kind of relationship, alone time is critical. It gives both partners a chance to reflect and catch their breath. To preserve the connection, plan regular video chats. Connections become stronger when both parties make time for each other, no matter where they are in life. It creates a sense of support and understanding between the two people, which helps immensely during tough times such as a midlife crisis.

    It's a fact that times like these can be emotionally exhausting, so if either person needs some extra care or attention, it doesn’t mean anyone has failed - it just means it's necessary. Self-care can mean different things for different people. Perhaps some quiet meditation, or taking a walk or simply making time for yourself with nothing else but a cup of tea or a good book. Choosing whatever it is that is calming and reassuring for you, and to make sure to take part in.

    Struggling with a double-whammy isn't easy in any relationship, but it doesn't have to mean it's the end. Point out solutions and listen to what the other person has to say without jumping to conclusions. Ask the right questions and emotionally support the other person so they can rely on you all the more. Doing so will go a long way, and shower both partners with a feeling of comfort in knowing they have someone they can turn to and rely upon.

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