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After being in a long-distance relationship for a while, it is normal to start losing interest. Unless you find a way to spice up your relationship, you are risking a breakup.
Losing interest in a long-distance relationship is expected when you are physically apart for a long time. Without physical intimacy, you get tired of the distance and slowly begin to lose interest in your relationship. In this case you have two options: close the distance and move in together or let go of this relationship and move on.
If you are losing interest in your long-distance relationship, take some time to understand which part of your relationship you are no longer interested in.
To do that try answering the following questions:
- Are you losing interest or is your partner losing interest?
- Are you losing interest in your partner?
- Are you losing interest in your relationship?
- Are you losing interest in the long-distance?
Once you can answer these questions, you will have more clarity about what you can do about it.
In this article, we will explore the lack of interest in a long-distance relationship and see what you can do about it.
Signs You Are Losing Interest in Your Long-Distance Relationship
Keeping a healthy long-distance relationship for a long time is challenging. In a romantic relationship, you expect your partner to be close to you, but in a long-distance relationship that just is not possible.
While long-distance relationships can work well for a short period, making them work long-term can turn into a struggle. This, in turn, can lead to many unnecessary problems that could be avoided.
Without having fun and joy, it is normal to get tired of such relationship and lose interest altogether. If you or your partner start losing interest, you may need to spice it up. It can also be a red flag that your relationship is coming to an end.
Lets have a look at some signs to help you identify if the issue is with the distance, relationship or your incompatibility as romantic partners.
Signs You Are Losing Interest in Your Partner
- You’re no longer looking forward to talking to your long-distance partner.
- You have boring conversations.
- You try to avoid any form of communication with your partner.
- You are no longer looking forward to seeing them.
- You are not excited to know anything about your partner.
Signs You Are Losing Interest in Your Relationship
- Feeling that being in this relationship doesn’t contribute to your life.
- You don’t want to spend time working out the issues in your relationship.
- You think that you’d be better off out of this relationship.
- This relationship keeps you away from doing the things you enjoy with people you like.
- You feel that this relationship is holding you back in life.
- You spend most of the time arguing, rather than sharing happy moments.
Signs You Are Losing Interest in Having a Relationship that is Long-Distance
- Lack of physical intimacy is leaving you sexually frustrated.
- Most of the time, you feel sad and frustrated because you can’t be together with your partner.
- You have wished to be together for so long, that now you’re tired of it.
- You want to be together with your partner, but being away from your magic partner no longer works for you.
- You are tired of talking to your partner online without being able to hold them and talk to them face-to-face.
If you need some help identifying the issues in your relationship, work through this workbook with your partner.
Now, lets take a look at what you can do if you find yourself losing interest in your long-distance relationship.
What to Do When You Are Losing Interest in Your Partner
When you are away from your romantic partner, there is a good chance you may start growing apart.
Partners who live together, share many experiences. Long-distance partners on the other hand have different experiences.
Every experience changes you as a person. So, when you are away from your partner for a long time, you become different people to who you were at the start of your relationship.
Being away from your romantic partner implies a lack of physical intimacy. This in turn can lead to sexual frustration. Some partners resort to have physical closeness with someone else. If it is done without mutual consent, it becomes cheating, which compromises trust, essentially destroying the whole relationship.
Take a look at this article if you would like to learn more about trust in a long-distance relationship.
When you are away from your partner, your feelings may also change.
After a few months apart, you may lose feelings for your partner or develop new romantic feelings for someone else.
If you find yourself losing interest in your partner, share your feeling and ask your partner how they feel about you and your relationship. Here is a step by step guide to help you express your feelings and talk about different aspects of your relationship.
Once your feelings change and you drift apart, there is little point in keeping your relationship going. In this case, it may be healthier for both of you to end your relationship and move on.
What to Do When You Are Losing Interest in the Relationship
At some point in your long-distance relationship, you might find yourself losing interest in your relationship.
While still having feelings for your partner, you may also find that this relationship is no longer contributing to your life in any meaningful way.
It is not like you are upset with your partner or have bad feelings towards them. You may just have different goals or preferences when it comes to romantic relationships. If you feel like your relationship is not fulfilling and is going nowhere, it is best to talk about your reservations with your partner openly and honestly.
Sometimes, long-distance couples find themselves in a limbo. They do not feel like staying together is right for them, but they also do not want break up.
As always, the best thing you can do is to express how you feel to your partner. When you do, you may find that your partner feels the same, and you may agree to end your relationship but remain friends.
On the other hand, you may encounter resistance from your partner because they may not feel the same as you. In this case, it is worth taking the time to understand both points of view and develop a degree of understanding (if possible) before making any big decisions.
One thing you should keep in mind is that if you have lost interest in your relationship, and it is no longer contributing to your life – it is unhealthy for you, your partner, and your relationship.
If you and your partner really want to make your long-distance relationship work, this guide could really help!
What to Do When You Are Losing Interest in Having a Relationship Long-Distance
In a long-distance relationship, you may find yourself in love with your partner. You may also feel that your relationship is great, and you have a special connection.
While you may be over the moon about each other, the distance can definitely put extra pressure on your relationship.
Maintaining a healthy relationship over the distance is not an easy feat. When it lasts more than a few months, it can begin to feel tiresome. After that you can start losing interest in trying to maintain an emotional connection online while feeling deprived of physical intimacy most of the time.
If a long-distance is no longer working for you, tell your partner exactly how you feel. Ask them how they feel about your relationship and where do they see it going.
If distance is the biggest issue in your relationship, this step by step guide will help you deal with it in a healthy way.
Distance affects couples in different ways. Once you can identify how it affects you and your partner, you will be in the position to handle it in the right way.
For example, the main issue with the distance is a lack of physical intimacy. In this case, you may consider visiting each other more frequently and spending more time together. Making the most of your visits and putting together a clear plan on moving in together can also help. You will touch upon these areas and more in the guide mentioned above.
If you are losing interest because your long-distance relationship is getting boring, there are ways you can spice it up with fun trips, online games, gifts and care packages. If you need a more guided approach to spicing up your relationship, we have a workbook for that as well.
It is also possible that you are no longer willing to be physically away from your partner. While normal and expected, it comes down to you handling it the right way.
Explain to your partner that being together is very important to you and you should really consider moving in if you are to keep your relationship going.
After an open and honest discussion, you may find a way to move in together sooner rather than later.
If living together is not possible in the near future, you may consider seeing other people. You can do it by having an open long-distance relationship or taking a temporary break from your relationship until you can be together. Just keep in mind that in both of these cases you may grow apart or fall in love with someone else.
You could also consider a long-distance friendship until you are in a position to be together.
When you find yourself losing interest in your long-distance relationship, try the following:
- Reflect on your feelings and your relationship as a whole
- Express your feelings doubts and concerns to your partner
- Take the time to hear your partner’s point of view
- Work together to identify your issues
- Find a way to make your relationship work or let it go and move on.
Before making any rush decisions, check out the workbooks mentioned in this article. They are designed to help you and your partner reflect on your relationship. Use them to build understanding and make a more educated decision that work for both of you.
The more conscious choices you make now, the less regrets you will have later.
Signs Your Long-Distance Partner Is Losing Interest
While you might be over the moon in your long-distance relationship, you may find that your partner is the one who is losing interest.
Keep an eye on the following signs to see if you partner is losing interest in you or your relationship:
- They do not communicate with you as often as they used to.
- Your partner avoids having meaningful conversations.
- When you talk to your long-distance partner, they keep their conversations short and avoid talking about feelings or the relationship.
- They do not make an effort to visit you.
- They do not consider moving in or living together.
- They are not open or willing to work out the issues you may have in your relationship.
- They avoid talking about their feelings and listen to what is going on inside of you.
If you pick up on any of the above, talk about your concerns and observations with your partner. Try to be as objective as you can about your observations while being open and honest about your thoughts and feelings.
What to Do When Your Long-Distance Partner Is Losing Interest
If you find that your long-distance partner is losing interest, you should find out why.
If they are losing interest because your relationship is long-distance, it can be addressed by increasing the frequency and the quality of your visits. Also consider making a plan to move in together and spicing up your relationship in the meantime.
If their feelings towards you have changed, or they have developed feelings for someone else, you should respect that and let them go.
Being with someone who does not have strong feelings towards you is unhealthy. Both of you would be better off ending this relationship and giving each other the opportunity to find other people to be with.
In any case, talk to your partner to find out what is really going on, share how you feel, and together find a way forward that works for both of you.
In a long-distance relationship, it is normal for things to get a little boring at times. However, when it lasts for a long time, you or your partner may lose interest in your relationship.
First, try to understand the reason for your lack of interest. If distance is the problem, try to find a way to be together or at least visit each other more often.
On the other hand, if your feelings have faded or you have developed feelings for someone else, it could be better to end your relationship.
The decision to end your relationship should be made together. If you like each other as individuals, you can remain long-distance friends.
If your issue is related to a lack of physical intimacy and you are not in a position to see each other, you may consider an open long-distance relationship.
Whatever you decide, do it together, respecting and considering each other. It will help you find the best solution that works for both of you.
How Healthy Is Your Long-Distance Relationship?
If you are having doubts about your long-distance relationship and are not sure if you should try to fix it or let it go, here is our step by step guide to help you and your partner reassess your relationship and make an educated decision that works for both of you.
Relationship Coaching for Long-Distance Couples
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is my long-distance partner losing interest?
Your long-distance partner may be losing interest if they don’t talk to you as much as they did, avoid having meaningful conversations, or are no longer willing to make an effort to work out the issues in your relationship.
Is my long-distance partner losing interest in me?
There is a chance that your long-distance partner may be losing interest in you personally. If they don’t seem to care about your personal life, your feelings, your calls, and ambitions, that can be a sign that they are no longer interested in you.