Almost everyone gets first-date jitters. It’s way more common than you’d imagine! If you’re anxious, know that your date’s likely feeling the same. Before you suggest canceling or postponing your date in favor of staying home in your comfort zone, breathe and read on these confidence tips for a first date.
We can’t guarantee an amazing date (that’s up to the both of you!) but what we can help with is giving you some confidence tips so you’ll rock up to your first date unafraid and ready for whatever the date might bring.
1) Have a pre-date routine
Avoid focusing too much on the date. Do a workout before or have a mini spa session. The endorphins will help you relax and feel like the best version of yourself.
2) Groom yourself
If you look good, you’ll probably feel good. To ease dating anxiety, start small – shave, trim, wash your hair, take a shower.
3) Make it short
4) Prepare backups
5) Do your homework beforehand
Coming up with topics can be stressful. Review your date’s profile and exchanged messages for ideas and conversation starters.
6) Arrive with minutes to spare
7) Watch your words
8) Treat your waiters and bartenders well
If you treat your waiters or bartenders well, it displays subtle confidence and kindness. It also demonstrates how you treat people, which includes how you’ll treat your date.
9) Mirror their actions
10) Put yourself out there
Beyond all these tips, the important thing is to remember to have fun and enjoy yourself. A first date is just a chance for the both of you to see if you vibe. If you do, great. If you don’t, at least you know you tried. So either way, it’s a good step to take towards meeting that special someone.
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