Intimacy is an essential component of a healthy relationship, and that includes the sexual side of things, too. Although it's much easier to get hot and heavy when there's physical proximity, there are ways to make it work in long-distance relationships (LDRs).

Whether you met your partner online or you had to move due to life circumstances, here are some tips to help keep the spark alive despite the distance.

Schedule visits as often as possible

Let's get an obvious point out of the way first: Even if you're in an LDR, seeing each other in person as often as your finances and schedules allow will go a long way.

Even if you can't see each other frequently, booking flights and putting a date in the calendar is an enormous psychological release and gives you something to look forward to, which means sexual tensions become more manageable.

Communication, communication, communication!

Being able to talk to each other is a key requirement for all relationships, but it's extra important in LDRs because you can't rely as easily on nonverbal cues. When it comes to your sex life, take time to tell your partner