You probably don’t want to let the chance for love pass you by just because you two don’t live in the same place if you’ve found someone with whom you connect. Even if you only see someone a few times a month, you can still have a happy, healthy relationship with them (or even a year). Even so, maintaining a long-distance relationship requires effort, and you must take measures to ensure that you and your partner still feel connected even though you are separated by distance. We turned to life and relationship coach Kavita Patel for guidance on how to handle a long-distance relationship; in this article, she offers advice for couples on how frequently to see one another, how to feel connected when you aren’t physically together, and how to communicate whether you are together or apart. Maintaining communication is crucial in a long-distance relationship. Since so much information can be lost in translation when communicating via text, talking on the phone and Face Timing are the best options, according to Patel. Avoid falling into the trap of using texts exclusively throughout your busy day instead of picking up the phone. Make time for lengthy discussions where you can both hear each other’s voices and see each other’s faces. It’s also crucial to check in in the mornings and the evenings before bed, according to Patel. “In this manner, you experience a sense of connection at the start and end of each day. You will feel like a part of each other’s days even though you are not physically present with each other in this way.