While the pandemic isn’t over yet, people have begun to return to the world, their lives, and socializing. One thing that people around the world have missed out on during this time is the ability to go on dates and see people. Dating is already hard enough but adding COVID-19 to the mix didn’t help anything. Now people are having to relearn the ins and outs of dating. Whether you feel confident in your social skills post-pandemic or are desperately in need of some assistance, below are five tips for dating.
One of the most important parts of attracting a mate is to smell good. If you smell bad, no one will want to go out with you let alone become intimate with you. Hygiene is a must, but you should also go above and beyond simple cleanliness. A little perfume or cologne will go a long way. Don’t use too much, however. People don’t like that either. Striking a balance is necessary. Pheromones are one of the main sources of attraction to a mate. If someone catches your natural scent and likes it, they will be attracted to you. This has spawned some interesting products including pheromone spray. Whatever you choose to do, smelling good is imperative to dating.
When you’re dating, it is vital to stay open to the process. If you don’t risk a bad date, you will never get the amazing one. At the end of the date, it is up to you whether you want to go on another outing or never see that person again, but if you don’t try you will never know. It’s a good idea to be open to all different types of people and experiences. When you are, you will be able to gain something from every date. Dating is not just finding the ideal partner, it is about learning things about yourself, your standards, and what you need out of a relationship. Dating is tough, but you should always be open.
Each time you go on a date, it is a good idea to dress well. It doesn’t matter who the date is with or how excited you are for it. It’s always important to present yourself well and show that you are both professional and put together well. You don’t need to dress up in high-end garb every date, but you should try to wear an outfit that represents yourself and how you function in the world. If you dress well, people will notice. You will also be able to put yourself in context to how the other person is dressed. Dressing well is a must for every date.
Ask Questions & Listen
When you go on a date, the situation can be nerve-wracking. With all the nerves and uncertainty, it can be easy to ramble on nervously. One of the most important things to do on any date is to ask questions. Don’t just wait until they’re done to say your piece. Instead, really listen to the person and ask poignant questions. If you are actually curious about your date, it will come through. You will get a chance to talk and if you don’t, you probably don’t want to be with that person anyways. Asking questions and listening will reveal a lot about the person and your chemistry together.
Be on Time
No one likes when someone is late to a date. It is rude and disrespectful. You will also show that you don’t care that much about the appointment. Even if you don’t and are just going on the date to get practice, it is pivotal to be one time. Showing up early doesn’t necessarily mean you are overly eager. When you’re on time, you are showing your date and yourself the respect that you both deserve. It isn’t a good look to show up late to a date. If something happens, try your best to communicate ahead of time.
Dating is never easy, and if you are getting out there after the pandemic it is even more difficult. You might be out of practice, but if you remember these simple tips, you will be able to enjoy yourself on any date. It’s not just about finding the right person on any given date, it is also about learning from it, understanding yourself, and what you want from life and partnership.