The last year has been something else, hasn’t it? While I don’t feel like we’re out of the woods just yet, restrictions are starting to lift and as a result, things will slowly start getting back to normal. This includes, of course, getting back out there when it comes to dating.
Whether you’re going on a first date or heading our for your first date night with your partner in almost of five months, the thought of going back out into the world may be a little daunting for some. From social distancing to wearing masks, there’s still a lot to think about, especially if you haven’t been vaccinated yet.
Although I can’t make the process any easier for you, I can share some things that are helping me feel a little bit better about heading back out into the real world. It’s going to feel incredibly strange, but soon enough we will all be able to enjoy all of the things we once loved.
So, here are some tips and tricks that have been helping ease any anxious thoughts I’ve been having about heading back into the real world for dates, rather than spending my evenings build blanket forts and campfires at home.
Choose Somewhere Where You Know You Can Social Distance
If you’re really worried about keeping your distance and people not wearing masks, the best thing to do is choose a location that you know people will be distanced. Whether this means choosing a restaurant that you know has strong guidelines in place or going to a park that may be a little quieter than others, it’s important you’re only visiting places you’re comfortable going. It may be hard to navigate at first but after a couple of dates, you’ll start to get an idea of what you’re comfortable doing and what you want to avoid.
Stay Local And Book Well In Advance
Whether you’re Essex dating or you’re Shropshire dating just like like me, staying local is probably a good idea. Not only does it make it easier if you need to change your plans last minute, but it will help with any anxiety you may be feeling around the unexpected.
Once you have chosen your location, you then need to think about whether or not you need to book anything. With spaces filling up fast, the sooner you book something the better.
If you’ve been using local dating sites like this Essex dating site to arrange your post-lockdown dates, you may want to put in your profile that you’re looking to stay local for the time being, as this will help when it comes to planning dates.
Take Everything You Need With You
Our ‘essentials’ have certainly changed over the last year so when you’re heading out, it’s a great idea to make sure you have everything you need. For me, I make sure I have my mask, hand sanitiser and then a small spray bottle of disinfectant for tables and surfaces. These are all super small, so can fit in your handbag or pocket easily.
Know That It’s Okay To Leave If You Feel Uncomfortable
If things get too much, it’s more than okay to leave. Things are going to be different for a number of years and honestly, no one knows exactly how they’re going to deal with that. If a situation is uncomfortable, you need to look after your mental health and leave as soon as you possibly can. If it helps, let your date know that you’re feeling uncomfortable too.
Most Importantly, Have Fun
Finally, it’s important to remember to have fun! While you may be feeling a little bit on edge, regaining a little bit of freedom is exciting and you should make sure you’re enjoying the little things again. From grabbing a cup of coffee to sitting in the park with your date, there are so many things to be thankful for.
I know that things are both scary and exciting right now, but there are lots of things you can do to ensure you’re having the best possible time as restrictions start to ease.