Trust Issues in a Long-Distance Relationship

Trust Issues in a Long-Distance Relationship

Are you having trust issues in a long-distance relationship? If so, you probably want to know how to deal with them.

Many trust issues in a long-distance relationship come as a result of partners being apart for long periods. The longer it lasts, the harder it becomes to maintain. Having trust is essential for a healthy relationship. If you don’t trust your long-distance partner, you should understand why, so you can talk about them and address them in a healthy and loving way.

Trust issues can be a big deal-breaker in a long-distance relationship. Without trust and understanding, it’s impossible to have a healthy relationship.

In this article, we’ll talk about the issues that arise when you lack trust in your long-distance relationship and how to deal with them.

Trust Issues in Long-Distance Relationships 

Trust in a long-distance relationship becomes an issue when you are preoccupied continuously about what your partner is up to.

When you’re in a long-distance relationship, both you and your long-distance partner have a lot of time to spend on your own lives. A long-distance relationship is an opportunity for you to catch up with your personal life goals and spend time doing things you enjoy.

In a long-distance relationship, you will be doing a lot of things, and you may not share all of them with your long-distance partner. Your partner, in turn, may not be willing or even remember to share everything that happened to them with you. And that’s okay; this is normal for each person in the relationship to have their own lives.

Trust issues become a problem when either you or your long-distance partner don’t feel like you are free to express yourself to each other openly.

This distrust can breed other negative emotions like anger and frustration and sadness, and they will slowly destroy your long-distance relationship. Unresolved trust issues can ruin your relationship.

Dealing with Trust Issues in a Long-Distance Relationship 

The best way to deal with trust issues is to be open and honest about the things that bother you.

It’s normal to have doubts, particularly in a long-distance relationship. If you have any doubts at all, express them to your partner. You may have some reservations about doing so or feeling uncomfortable telling your partner that you are not trusting them.

This distrust is fuelled and expressed by doubt. The moment you share your doubts with your partner, they come out and no longer have the power over your relationship.

Learn more about doubts in a long-distance relationship in this article.

On the other hand, if you don’t express the things that bother you to your partner, they will fester inside of you and will slowly but surely ruin your relationship.

If you have had uncertainties about your partner or your relationship for a while, it’s never too late to come out. It would help if you realised that doubts and apprehensions are normal in a long-distance relationship. They are nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. You have every right to have questions and doubts about any number of things.

With that in mind, if something is bothering, you get it out in the open. Tell your partner the things that bother you and if you had bottled them up, tell them that you’ve been holding off on sharing them because you felt insecure and uncomfortable. It’s ok to say it.

Our step by step guide on communication will help you bring up difficult conversations, so you can address your issues and resolve problems in a healthy way.

After you shared your doubts with your partner, they can reassure you that these doubts have no ground. Your partner may also tell you that your suspicions have reason and that there are problems concerning your relationship.

When you know that your relationship has some issues, you have the power to work them out together with your partner.

How To Fix Trust Issues in a Long-Distance Relationship

Unresolved trust issues can bring a lot of suffering and may destroy your relationship. To maintain harmony and a healthy relationship, you should fix your trust issues if they become a problem. 

  1. Recognise the concerns you may have regarding trust in your relationship.
  2. Try to understand if they come from your doubts and insecurities or something tangible like a change in your partner’s behaviour.
  3. Talk to your partner about things that bother you, and ask them if there are trust issues or if it’s more of a worry in your mind.
  4. Talking to your partner will give you the reassurance that everything is alright and you have nothing to worry about.
  5. You may also find that your concerns have ground and that there are indeed deeper problems in your relationship.
  6. Take a few days away from your relationship to process your feelings. Think about your findings regarding your partner and your relationship.
  7. After a few days talk to your partner and together you can decide whether you want to fix these problems or maybe it’s time to end your relationship.

If you are unsure if it is time to let go of your long-distance relationship, take a look at this article.

Trust is the foundation for a healthy long-distance relationship. However, with many uncertainties, the distance brings into the relationship, partners are prone to having doubts.

Unexpressed doubts can turn into jealousy and controlling behaviour, which can ruin your relationship.

When you’re away from your romantic partner for weeks at a time, you may find yourself worrying about what they do and who they are with. Your insecurities, together with the uncertainties of a long-distance relationship, will make you fear that your long-distance partner is cheating on you.

When you start having mistrust in your relationship, these feelings can influence your behaviour. You can become distrusting and controlling towards your long-distance partner. Doing so will push your partner away and could ruin your relationship.

Understandably, you might be worried that your partner is interested in someone else or perhaps their feelings towards you have changed. The moment these doubts are in your mind, you will start looking for signs to prove you are right.

For example, you may feel that your partner is no longer spending as much time talking to you. While it can be a sign that they lost interest, it’s also possible that they are just busy. The only way to deal with your doubt is to talk to your partner and get your facts straight.

This article will help you with online communication.

If you have identified that you have trust issues in your long-distance relationship, there are ways you can try to fix them.

For example, if you are not trusting your partner, you have to tell them about it. Your distrust may or may not have anything to do with reality. You might have doubts because of your insecurities. You may also have suspicions because of your partner acting differently.

At this point, it is worth facing your insecurities, so feel free to take a look at this article when you get a chance.

But it’s your responsibility to express your doubts to your long-distance partner. In response, they can reassure you that there is no need for you to doubt them or confirm your suspicions.

Whether your long-distance partner is lying to you or you are lying to them isn’t as crucial as your awareness of it. Knowing that you can trust each other will allow you to build a healthy long-distance relationship. Knowing that you can’t trust each other gives you the power to do something about it.

Nobody is perfect, and there are situations when neither you nor your long-distance partner lie. If you want to fix your trust issues, you should come out clean as soon as possible. 

If you told a lie to your long-distance partner and then you told them the truth, then it’s up to them whether they can accept it or not. They may understand you and your reasons for lying. In the end, your long-distance partner may carry on a relationship with you, or they may think that it’s better to end it. 

Sometimes it’s better to end your long-distance relationship than having a relationship with lies. Here is an article on how you can do it in a healthy and respectful way.

Whatever happens, it can become a burden on your long-distance relationship. And the best way to deal with it is, to be honest with each other and see what happens.

Many trust issues come as a result of bad communication. Whether your trust issues and doubts have merit or not, first thing to do is to talk about them with your partner. So, before making any rush decisions regarding your relationship, give this workbook a go.

How Do You Get Over Trust Issues in a Long-Distance Relationship?

The only way to get over trust issues in a long-distance relationship is to bring them up in the open. As long as there are things that had been felt but remain unsaid, your relationship won’t be healthy and will deteriorate with time.

To check the state of your long-distance relationship, take a look at this workbook.

If either you or your partner has compromised the trust by cheating or otherwise, this will jeopardise your whole relationship. Once the trust is broken, it’s tough to regain it. When we trust another person, we are taking a chance that what they say is what they do.

The moment you know that your partner has lied to you, it can be challenging for you to trust them again. And if you cannot trust your partner, the best thing might be to end your relationship altogether.

Keep in mind that there is no hard and fast rule for managing trust issues. Every relationship is different and has unique situations and problems. If you have any doubts about the trust in your long-distance relationship, get in touch with a relationship coach who can help you to find a way and resolve these issues.

If you would like to try and fix your relationship on your own, here is our complete guide that will guide you step by step through every aspect of your long-distance relationship.


Trust issues can be a problem in your relationship. In a long-distance relationship, when you’re away from your partner, you face a lot of doubts and uncertainties. They range from not knowing what your long-distance partner is doing and with whom to whether or not your relationship will survive the distance.

The best way to deal with these doubts and insecurities is to express them to your long-distance partner openly. Once they are out in the open, they no longer have power over you.

Furthermore, by sharing your feelings and doubts, you are welcoming your partner to help you resolve the issues. This inclusion gives your relationship a much greater chance of success.

Provided both you and your partner are willing to work things out, take a look at this in-depth article that covers all you need to know to make your long-distance relationship work.

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

Long-distance relationships are hard to maintain without knowing exactly what they involve.

However, once you understand what long-distance relationships are, what they are not and how to navigate them, you are a lot more likely to make it work.

We specialise in helping long-distance couples create and maintain a healthy relationship by building intimacy, trust and effective communication.

If you are starting a long-distance relationship or are already in one, send us a message to book an individual coaching session for yourself or a couples coaching session for you and your partner.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I trust my long-distance partner?

You can maintain trust and avoid trust issues by being open and honest with your long-distance partner at all times. Sometimes, sharing your feelings, doubts, and insecurities can be difficult and uncomfortable. But doing so is the key to having a healthy long-distance relationship.

How do you get over trust issues in a long-distance relationship?

The only way to get over trustees just in a long-distance relationship is, to be honest with each other. It could break your long-distance relationship, or it could make it stronger.

Can trust be rebuilt?

Trust is taking a chance to believe that someone will be a certain way. When this person behaves differently, it will take more to trust them again. So the trust isn’t about rebuilding, it’s about willingness to take a chance.

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