Coming back into the dating scene can be scary, especially if it's been a long time. Whether you're divorced or broke up with your significant other after just a few months of dating, that relationship takes a toll on you psychologically and emotionally because of each experience that was made, happy or unpleasant. Not to mention coming out of a relationship, dating can be awkward at first. As someone who had been in a three-year long relationship, coming out of that heartbreak was definitely the hardest step, and going back into the dating game wasn't easy. I didn't know how to talk, didn't know how to present myself because I lacked the confidence due to the prior relationship, and I made everything awkward for a while. No one wants to deal with that nonsense, so, to ease the tension, I'm hoping this small list of advice will help you on your future dates.
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Perhaps your first date hasn’t been that stellar as you may have wanted, but the truth is dating is hard, and making your first impression excellent isn’t easier either. On the first date, you are meeting someone you think is your special match and the nerves can get the best of you, derailing your ability to be yourself. As you walk away, knowing you have had a bad first date, it is likely that you’re thinking—is there a way I can recover? Neither should dispair nor let your first date eat you up.
Love is a strange and wonderful thing. We find ourselves fearing it, yearning for it, and in awe of it. And most of us, single or in a relationship, find it haunting the darkened hallways at the backs of our minds; ever present … always there. Even when we try to suppress it, thoughts of love incessantly push back, trying to make their way to the surface and make their presence known. When we are in a relationship, we wonder at the quality of our relationship with our partner. We wonder if we have found love or if one day we love them and they, us. Amazingly enough, even when we know that we love someone, it is still on our minds. We still wonder at its details and occasionally try to quantify it with reasoning.
We live in an image-conscious world. People are obsessed with buying new clothes, showing off in their new cars, strutting around town in a new pair of heels, and trying new hairstyles. We worry about what we look like and how people will perceive us. Although they say never to judge a book by its cover, most of us do (at least at first). That's why what you wear and how you present yourself on the first date is so important!