Technology is every long-distance couples best friend.
Sometimes love doesn't care about proximity.
Comic artist Becky Appleyard and her boyfriend have been in a long-distance relationship from the beginning. They've had some rough patches but their love has stayed strong despite living hundreds of miles apart in England.
Channeling her own experiences, Becky captures the joy and struggles of long-distance relationships in this quirky, illustrated guide:
Becky is the creator of The Mighty Healthy Quest, a comic blog that explores topics about self-care and mental health.
"Creating comics on subjects like stress relief, positive thinking, confidence building, mindfulness ... has been very fulfilling and helpful for me personally, and the fact my work has helped others as well is just amazing," writes Becky in an email.
Despite the presumed failure and stigma of long-distance relationships, she received many responses from people sharing their success stories.
“Anyone could suddenly find themselves in a long-distance relationship."
Becky says, “It's just really refreshing to see people talking about LD relationships in such a positive light, especially since the general mentality is ‘they NEVER work and are always a terrible idea!’”
She and her boyfriend still live on opposite ends of the U.K., but hope to make the jump to living together soon. While working on the comic, they tried to understand their relationship better to inspire others.
"Even though physically we're hundreds of miles apart and miss each other like crazy, our relationship is so loving, supportive and fun."
Not every long-distance relationship works out, but there's some honest truth in thesecomics that anyone in a relationship can relate to.