5 Ways to Date Smarter in 2022

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Every time we welcome in a new year, we look towards the future and think about things we would like to be different. If we are single, something that we often ruminate about is our relationships (or lack thereof). We may feel a bit anxious, or a bit worried for the future. Why, again, are we finding ourselves single at the New Year’s Eve party?!

Of course, being single can be pretty fun and we shouldn’t feel bad about it! But, a lot of single people are looking for love and want to find the right match for them. So, if you are looking towards the next year and wondering what you can do in order to date smarter in 2022, read on to discover our 5 top tips in this dating guide for the New Year!

Self-reflect on who you are and why you might be single

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Most of the time being single is just because you haven’t found the right person yet. A relationship is a pretty important thing, and you don’t want to enter one with just anyone!

But, if you are looking to date smarter in 2022 it might be a good idea to be proactive in discovering reasons why you might be holding yourself back in regards to dating. Because of past relationships, insecurities, and unhealthy beliefs, a lot of people are actually their own worst enemy when it comes to dating!

In a 2020 study regarding why people think they are single, a lot of young people claimed that it was because of their bad flirting skills. Furthermore, a lot of women said they were single because they did not want to get hurt.

If you relate to this, it doesn’t mean that finding love in 2022 is hopeless! It is time to work on yourself and work through any issues that you might have. If you, like many people around the world, are worried about dating in case you might get hurt, you may gain clarity and understanding from seeing a therapist.

Be yourself

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Being yourself is a super important way of dating smarter in 2022. Not only will it mean that you will find someone who likes you for you, but it can also feel pretty liberating!

Dating in the modern age can be pretty daunting. We mostly meet people online through dating apps like #Dating. Although it’s tempting to create a “perfect” version of yourself online, be honest with your match about who you are, your hobbies and interests, and what your deep beliefs and values are. That way, you can find the right person for you!

Know what you want

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When it comes to dating smarter in 2022, it is important to know exactly what you are wanting from a relationship and what kind of person you are looking for. So many people get into relationships because the other person likes them, or because they think they should be in a relationship. But, this is really damaging and you are just wasting your time!

Spend time thinking about what you want from your dating life in 2022. Are you looking for something serious, or just a little fun? What type of person are you wanting to get into a relationship with?

Keep your options open

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A lot of us fall into the trap of meeting someone that we really really like and ignoring everyone else in the world for a month or so… and then get dumped.

This sucks and can be really harmful to our self-esteem and dating life. Maybe you are a romantic and throw yourself headfirst into relationships, or maybe you are sick of being single and just want to meet your match. Either way, putting all your eggs in one basket is never good early on in dating!

In order to date smarter in 2022, it is important to keep your options open. Of course, we don’t mean you should become a serial dater (unless you want to!). But, if you have been on a few dates with one person and things seem to be going well, don’t delete your dating apps just yet!

Plus, keep your options open when it comes to meeting people out and about in the world (yes, people still meet their partners this way). Talk to people that you think are cute when you are out and about, and if you feel confident enough, slide them your number! You never know where and when you will meet your next big love…

Spend time doing what you love

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Finally, our last top tip in this dating guide for the New Year is to spend time being you, doing what you love, and finding new hobbies and interests.

Yeah, of course, you want to find that perfect romance, and yeah you probably will! But, don’t put the rest of your life on hold.

A new year means a new shot at dating, but it also means a whole new year to have fun and work on your passions and goals. It is exciting, albeit slightly daunting. What, apart from dating, do you want to achieve in 2022?

Plus, doing what you love might lead you to the love of your life! Remember, the biggest loves happen when you least expect it…

Happy New Year!

We at #Dating want to wish you luck and a whole lot of love for 2022 and remember, we are always here to support you on your dating adventures, and the highs and lows of love.

Happy New Year!

Lou Siday

Lou Siday

Lou Siday is a writer from North East England with a degree in Creative Writing. Having been on her own self-love journey over the last few years, she loves writing about empowerment and wellness! For Lou, communication, honesty, and mutual respect are essential when it comes to dating.

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