It takes time and energy to date and even more so when trying to find a long term relationship. Dating can be quite stressful and nerve-racking, however, having the right mindset is the key to staying in control.
We have put together these top seven dating tips for healthy relationships to get started on the right foot.
If you are thinking about joining an online dating site, first try to figure out what you want from the experience. Are you looking for marriage or a long-term relationship? If so, be sure that you choose a site that aligns with your goals.
Move Beyond The Bar Scene
Although it is possible to meet your soulmate while sipping on a margarita, it’s more likely that you will meet that person while doing something you love. Even if you do enjoy going out to the bar with your friends, make sure that you’re doing more than just that. Get out and start doing other things and you never know who you might meet.
Keep It Light
Go out and have a coffee together and just talk about common interests, things you enjoy doing and keep it positive. Be sure that it is a balanced conversation.
Have Something To Do After The Date
When you go on a first date with someone, be sure that you have plans to do something else after the date. If you are not having a good time on your date, this is a great way to escape.
If you are really enjoying the date, you may not want to leave but be sure that you stick to the plan. When it’s time to go, be sure to let your date know that you are interested and had a great time.
Don’t Have Sex
Having sex too soon could ruin things. First off, you’re not sure who this person really is and you could set yourself up for a dangerous situation. And secondly, you could be sending the wrong signals to a person who may think you’re only in it for the night. Get to know each other before you start sharing your bed.
Call To Set Up Another Date
If you both hit it off, and agreed that you wanted to go out again, go ahead and call or text. You can make a bit of small talk but set up a time to go out again.
Don’t Be Taken In
If you’ve already had one date and you agree that you want to go out again, don’t start texting each other without making plans and setting a time and day for your next date. Doing this might suggest that there is more intimacy than there really is.
Don’t Give Up If a Date Doesn’t Work Out
If you have gone on a date with someone and it didn’t work out as planned, don’t give up on dating altogether. Dating might be a bit uncomfortable at first but you never know when the person of your dreams is going to show up.
When you do start seeing someone regularly, make sure that you go slow and take your time to get to know that person. Be sure that they are reliable, honest and respectful.
As time goes on, discuss whether you will be seeing each other exclusively or not. If you want a monogamous relationship and your prospective partner does not, it time to move on as you both do not have the same goals.
If you are ready to enter the dating world, use these seven dating tips for healthy relationships to help you manage your way.