The harsh, open water that is the dating world is a difficult place to fish in. However, through it all, it can be easier to fare (and stay sane) when you abide by certain guidelines. We’ve got five!
Keep an open mind. This is all about an attitude change. Realistically, not every man you go out on a date with will be “the one”; however, don’t go into it thinking that every guy will be a dud, either. Staying positive will make the dating experience all the more pleasant, and will allow you to actually enjoy a first date rather than always make it a stressful experience.
Steer away from your usual type. A vow you need to make when partaking in the dating scene is this: “try something new”. And by something, we mean someone. Opt for men who don’t fit your usual M.O. every once in a while; by shunning them from the get-go based upon their job/income/car/style/living situation, you may unknowingly be pushing away a cool and decent guy. So go on that date and get to know him first before you pass judgment on him.
Don’t settle. Just because some people are bugging you about your single status doesn’t mean you should forego your principles just to have someone sit next to you at couples events! Settling is a big no-no, so don’t date any and every guy that crosses your path just because it seems like the better alternative to being alone. After a few dates, if a man truly doesn’t tickle your fancy, don’t be afraid to say “no” instead of thinking he’ll maybe grow on you.
Date only one person at a time. Okay, you’re not in a relationship, so you can date one or two (or ten) men without commitment until you decide whom you’d like to have stick around. It’s your right, but sometimes, this juggling act can be hard to master, and can get difficult when you ultimately have to compare and make a decision. So date one guy and, if he turns out to not have potential, dump him first and then move on to guy #2.
Think before jumping into bed. It’s easy to want to hit the sheets after a successful first date, but why not take a step back and get to know the guy a bit more? We’re not saying wait for a full-on relationship before going for it, or for the arbitrary third date, but at least find out the guy’s last name first and figure out whether he has the potential to be more to you down the line.
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