Coping with a period of separation can be a major test for romantic relationships. Suddenly, the person who you've grown the closest to isn't around, and you're both longing to experience the emotional bond and physical connection you share. Being affectionate with your partner if you're apart doesn't have to feel forced. There are plenty of ways to show your SO tenderness and warmth, even when you can't be together. According to Dr. Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and host of The Kurre and Klapow Show, affection is an important part of maintaining a romantic bond with someone, particularly when there's distance involved.
"Showing affection is the fuel that healthy relationships run on," Dr. Klapow tells Elite Daily. "Although there also needs to be communication, compromise, and intimacy, ongoing affection is how we keep the flame burning." Even if all of the other elements of your relationship are strong, if your relationship is lacking sufficient closeness, being separated could start to become problematic. "It is absolutely possible to be affectionate when we are apart, in fact, acts of affection are the glue that will keep the relationship alive." So, if you and your partner are struggling to maintain a connection, here are three ways to ensure they feel the love.