When it comes to staying connected while your loved one is far from home it can be extremely difficult. If you are lucky, you might have access to Skype or other webcam options. You might also be able to talk on the phone periodically. If your spouse happens to be on submarine, that limits the options for conversation and connection even more. So what's a girl (or guy) to do when it comes to maintaining the closeness and connection of your relationship?
Below are some options for keeping that spark alive during a long separation:
Love Letters can give you a chance to share your thoughts, dreams and appreciation for your spouse. They can help reduce stress and even be a source of strength to your relationship. If you happen to send emails vs. handwritten letters, be sure to print them and keep them in a safe place.
Care Packages filed with all of your spouse's favorite things is a loving way to show them just how much you love and miss them. The items might seem silly to others, but to the both of you it's like sharing an inside joke. My husband's favorite candy - of all time - is M&Ms. One year he actually had M&Ms imprinted with a special message that he gave me for my birthday. Take a moment to write down some of your spouse's favorite things and begin to put together a care package filled with love!
Skype and other web cam options are like a gift from heaven in my opinion. The first time we tried Skype I remember thinking he could be TAD (TDY) and not halfway around the world - that is until I noticed his desert camouflage gear in the background. Seeing each other in person (via the web) is almost magical. Make the time for connecting using this technology. It really it is amazing to see your spouse's face and hear their voice, trust me on this.
So, when was the last time you wrote a love letter? I hope this post inspires just one person to break out the pen and paper, or power up their email.
How do you stay connected?
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