For many, dating these days hasn’t really been much of an option. After all, it’s pretty hard to go out when everything is closed. And even if you could find options, you would have to wear a mask that hides most of your face.
So, go ahead. Blame COVID-19 for your dismal love life.
But now that restrictions are beginning to loosen, it’s time to start thinking about getting back out there. The fact that you’re alone now probably means that, pandemics aside, your dating luck hasn’t been all that stellar. But don’t you worry.
We have some tips to help you hit the ground running with confidence and, hopefully, find the kind of relationship you really want:
-Be thoughtful about what you want
-Update your online dating profile(s)
-Check out potential dates
-“Pre-date” with video chats
Really Think About What It Is You’re Looking For
All of your time alone in quarantine may have resulted in a whole lot of binge-watching shows on Netflix. But it could also have provided you with needed time alone with your own thoughts.
Try to use some of that time to consider what is really important to you about a partner. Think about what really attracts you to someone, emotionally as well as physically.
If you’re worried about putting too many restrictions on your dating pool, consider this: you’ve probably been doing okay on your own for a while now. So, while loneliness may certainly be a consideration, there’s really no need to date just anyone out of desperation.
Take Time to Refresh That Online Dating Profile
How much do your refined wants and needs in a relationship align with what you present in an online dating profile? With your list of qualities in hand, update your profile to reflect what’s really important to you. And while you’re at it, if it’s more than a year old, swap out your profile pic for something current.
Make Sure Your Date is Really What You’re Looking For
A potential romance might present themselves as the man or woman of your dreams. But it might not be true; there are a lot of scammers out there, after all. So, it is still to your benefit to make sure that that person is really who and what they say they are.
Before deciding to move forward with anyone, do a little research on them first. Look them up on social media or via a specialized people search. With the latter, you just enter the person’s name and then see if the public records information available matches up with what they’ve told you about themselves.
Video chatting has become a fairly popular way to communicate with people you cannot meet-up with, anyway. In this case, you can use it to kind of date someone before you actually date them. It can be a good way to take things slower, and get to know them a bit better before agreeing to a real, in-person date.
If it turns out that this person is not the one for you, you will not have wasted a whole lot of time or energy on them yet. And, on the off chance that they actually seem dangerous, the distance that video chatting allows can help to keep you safe.
Your time alone during quarantine has been a prime opportunity for self-reflection, a time to consider ways to improve both yourself and your relationship status. Up to now, you may have settled in your dating life. But you know now that you don’t have to. Now’s the time to think about quality over quantity.
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