Now that restrictions are finally lifted many people are keen to get back on the dating scene. If you’re finding the prospect a little scary, check out these five post pandemic dating tips.
1 . Get Prepared
If you haven’t dated in a long while you might be feeling a little overwhelmed right now. Getting yourself prepared will help you to feel better. Dating preparation looks different for different people. For some of us it’s choosing a new outfit, for others it’s asking our friends for a pep talk. Here are a few general ideas to inspire you:
- Treat yourself to something that makes you feel fabulous, whether it’s a pre-date manicure or a new lipstick!
- Meditate and breathe deeply, it’s normal to feel nervous, observe that feeling and let it pass.
- Had a few bad dating experiences in the past? It’s time to let that go. Move forward from those memories and prepare for new horizons.
- Free yourself from dating misconceptions and approach the journey with an open mind.
2. Gain Perspective
If you’re feeling a little nervous it’s time to gain a little perspective. Remember, your date is probably feeling just as on-edge. It’s been a long while since we’ve been able to date in-person, and so it’s bound to feel a little strange!
Worried you’ll run out of things to say? Write a few notes before you go! Don’t take the notes with you, (that’ll be awkward if they fall out of your pocket)! Just brainstorm a few conversation topics that you can refer back to if you draw a blank.
3. Virtual if you prefer
Remember just because you can date in person doesn’t mean you have to. If you’re not feeling comfortable, then stick with virtual dates. Lots of people will still prefer to do this, it’s okay to wait until you are ready. Of course virtual dates tend to be a bit more awkward, so it’s best to keep the date pretty short.
4. Little Steps
If going for dinner with a stranger seems way too much right now, take things back to basics. Suggest a quick coffee or a walk in the park, take things slowly and at your own pace. We are all keen to get back out into the world, but four dates in one week might be a bit overwhelming! Choose one person from a dating app who you feel the most connection with, and go from there.
5. Have fun with it
Dating is meant to be fun, so ensure that you are having fun with it! Don’t date for the sake of it. If you’re not enjoying the experience then don’t put yourself through it. Check out alternative ways to have fun whether it’s phonechatlines.com articles or secret parties! Seek out the opportunities that you want in your life, and above all stay safe!
Dating after the pandemic is what you make of it. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, just focus on your values and your preferences. The dating scene can be tough, but it can also been plenty of fun.
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