There's no doubt that being in a long-distance relationship can be tough. If you've been doing it for a while — or if you don't know when it will end — it can feel difficult to keep that closeness alive. But when you're in a long-distance relationship, it's crucial that you commit to making it work. "Rule number one for making a long-distance relationship work is believing that it's the right answer," relationship coach and founder of Maze of Love, Chris Armstrong, tells Bustle. "As simple as that sounds, the number one killer of long-distance relationships is skepticism. Couples who 'try it' but do not have a lot of confidence in them will turn any snag in the relationship to a rationale for having the skepticism and thus the relationship is always going to be one foot out the door."
So, no matter how hard it can be at times, putting in the effort is important. If you or your partner start to feel lonely or disconnected, it's easy for the relationship to drift or for resentment to grow. That means you might have to get a little creative when you come up with ways to show that you care — but small gestures can make a big difference. Here are 25 little things you can to make your partner feel less lonely and keep your relationship strong when you're in a long-distance relationship.