- Valentine’s Day can be a hard time of year for single people and people in long-distance relationships who might be apart from their partners on February 14.
- Insider spoke with three relationship and dating experts on different ways people can show love for their partners on the holiday, even if they’re 1,000 miles away.
- Overall, their advice was to be creative — send letters, gifts, or even order them a massage — and use it as a moment to ask your partner or partners what their needs are.
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Around Mid-February, there’s no escaping the theme of romance both online and off. There’s the never-ending stream of corny romantic Instagram ads, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate in the grocery store, and couples who love to overshare.
It can be particularly difficult to stomach for people in long-distance relationships who may not be able to spend time with their partners.
But we’re living at a time when we’ve never been more connected, and even though screens aren’t a good substitute for in-person interaction, there are ways around it, experts say.
“[It’s about] finding a way to connect,” Anisah Miley, a New York-based clinical social worker, told Insider. “It’s all too easy to only think about this two-hour date that happens in-person across a candlelit table. There are all sorts of ways to do that now.”
Insider spoke to Miley and two other experts on different strategies to make your partner feel special on Valentine’s Day, even miles away.