It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your relationship history is, first dates are nerve-wracking.
Give yourself a pre-date pep talk, reminding yourself of the great qualities you have to offer. You might hear yourself saying the wrong things, or holding back in fear. Be patient, both with your dates and with yourself.
Are you are separated or divorced and considering entering the dating world again?
Need a little encouragement before you take that plunge? It sounds like trite advice, but it’s worth following: Don’t date until you’re ready to date. If you’re serious about finding love again, make sure you understand where you are in the healing process.
Stay positive, embrace the adventure, expect a few disappointments, and see your life as an unfolding story, one that will be worth telling. Keep an open mind, take a few deeps breaths, and go easy on yourself.
If you realize, mid-date, that you’re not ready to date, you can give yourself more time before pursuing anything further.
You’ll need their shoulders to cry on, and their wisdom and listening ears to help you navigate this exciting new chapter. With the life changes you’ve gone through, make sure you’re taking the time to focus on you. Dress in a way that makes you feel good about what you see in the mirror.
Switch up your daily routine so you’re not stuck in past patterns and ruts by default, and choose to surround yourself with the people and things that inspire you.