Now that more people are beginning to get their vaccinations for COVID-19, they’re ready to get back out into the dating world and start cultivating relationships again. However, even a year or two without practice can be enough to make you forget exactly what you need to do in order to be successful in the dating pool. If you’re ready to dip your toes in, here’s some helpful advice on how to get back in the dating game and make some long-lasting connections.
Spend some time working on yourself to make sure you’re ready.
After a year of craziness, we may have encountered some of our own obstacles or situations that have left us feeling like we’re not quite sure of who we are. The biggest issue with dating when we’re not confident in ourselves and our identity is that we can end up losing ourselves in any new relationships we may decide to pursue. Additionally, this lack of confidence or identity may translate during our date and make it harder to find a connection with others. If you want to get back in the dating game, take some time to better yourself and figure out who you are. Once you have a stronger relationship with yourself, the relationships you cultivate afterward will be equally amazing.
Make a great first impression no matter where the date happens.
For most of us, our wardrobe may largely consist of stretchy pants and T-shirts as we’ve become accustomed to life at home. You can make a great impression regardless of the venue by focusing on finding the perfect first-date outfit. If you’re going somewhere nice, you can wear a new dress or formal wear like a button-up shirt and slacks. If it’s a more traditional date like a casual dinner and a movie, a pair of jeans and a button-up short-sleeve shirt or a blouse and a pair of high-rise jeans or a skirt are some other outfit ideas worth considering.
You should also consider which accessories you want. This could consist of a nice watch or a ring, or you can easily add some color to your outfit with some press-on gels. Today, getting the proper manicure and look is as simple as snapping a pic of your hands, finding the perfect color and design that fits your personality, and putting them on without all of the extra hassle. When you look your best, you feel your best and make a great first impression.
Consider what you’re looking for in a partner.
Swiping right is simple, but matching with someone you have a genuine connection with can be hard. Part of finding yourself also means finding out what you want in a partner. Maybe you can start by considering your sun sign and the sign of your partner. Perhaps you’re a Libra and they’re also a Libra, for which you can do more research on Libra compatibility. Of course, you can also do more research on your compatibility regardless of whether their zodiac sign is a Virgo, Sagittarius, or Aries. This can give you some more insight into who they may be and whether or not they will click with you.
You should also ask yourself what type of interests you currently share or which direction you’re both heading in life. If these things align, chances are that there may be a relationship in your future!
Dating can be nerve-racking enough. However, it may be especially anxiety-inducing if you haven’t been at it for a while. If you plan on dating once again, use the tips in the guide above to prepare for the future with your potential partner.