Main question: How to bond (and stay in love) if your partner moved abroad and you cannot see each other for months?
Hello and very pleased to meet you. I am not in an actual marriage but didn't find a better subforum to ask my question.
I was quite surprised to read some of the topics presented on this website as they reflect my personal experience. To sum up my background in few words: I was addicted to sex and followed the principles of the "seduction community". Due to some deep transformations however, including spiritual and religious experiences, I am now on a journey to build a long-term monogamous relationship based on honesty and good/ethical/moral principles.
Especially, I put friendship on a greater level than sexual attraction in love.
I masturbated daily, but I remember from my teens that whenever I was really in love with a person, I was so happy that I got the energy to get hundreds of things done in a day and I "forgot" to masturbate, sometimes for over a week. I also notice very clearly that by NOT masturbating for even just 2-3 days, I become much more open to people of the opposite sex.
I wonder however whether the latter could become a problem if my girlfriend is abroad.
If I become more receptive to other people who are physically around me, would that not contribute to loosening my bond with the person I love? Wouldn't it be better, in the case of a long distance relationship, to actually masturbate so I am not tempted by those whom I meet every day?
I would also appreciate any general advice for healing and increasing the bonds of long distance relationships!