I love being in a long-distance relationship. I get plenty of space and time to myself, can sleep in my own bed (partner-induced insomnia is real!), and rarely fight with my partner because we're not around enough to get on each other's nerves. However, staying close with a long-distance partner can be a challenge, and long-distance couples often develop unusual habits to make their relationships work.
"The level of connectedness for a long-distance relationship must rival that of those couples who have the luxury of being together," author and relationship expert Susan Winter tells Bustle. "Long-distance couples must work double duty to make sure they're sensitive to their partners' needs. They understand that speaking to each other is a harder task to accomplish. They must learn to anticipate each other’s needs in advance."
That makes being in an LDR sound like lots of work... but it can also be fun. And, at times, funny. Long-distance partners may not have all the bonding opportunities other couples do, but being in an LDR is itself a bonding experience. You'll learn a lot about each other, for better or worse, and develop some inside jokes.
Here are some weird habits I've developed since getting into an LDR that other long-distance couples can probably relate to.