Mental health issues — and works of activism to remove the stigma surrounding them — are in the forefront of today’s media. As a person who has struggled with anxiety for really as long as I can remember, that’s a good thing! I’ve also been in a long-distance relationship for a little more than a year. It’s tough, but it’s doable.
In my opinion, the thing with long-distance relationships is that they have the same issues as “normal” relationships — everything just has a bigger effect. This includes anxiety. Whether it’s you or your partner who’s dealing with this problem, I’m going to try and provide my insights into managing it and not letting it have a negative effect on your relationship.
All of this being said, I’d like to point out that these are things that work for me and for my relationship. The thing about anxiety is that it has a different effect on everyone, so use this more as a guideline and tweak my suggestions to work for you. Here is how I cope with anxiety in a long-distance relationship.