What You Need To Make A Long-Distance Relationship Work, According To Experts

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It's no secret that long-distance relationships can be tough AF. The problem is, because of their bad reputation, you might be hesitant to get into one — even when it's the only option for being with a partner that you really adore. It can be tricky to know whether or not you should make the leap into long distance or just break up to avoid the potential struggle. But some long-distance couples do make it. So how do you know if you should try?

Well, the first thing to remember is that it's so important to have the right attitude about it. If you're going to try it, you need to forget everything people say about long distance and really go for it. "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 to get into the right mindset, give it a thorough think over to make sure that you're ready to try and can feel confident in your decision. Here's what you need to consider, according to experts.