Start Dating advice for the first time

Dating advice for the first time

They can be nerve-wracking, exciting and, if they go well, they can be the start of something truly great.

Dating should be fun, so try to keep the conversation light and upbeat with stories and questions.

If you still find yourself struggling then try having some pre-prepared ice breaker questions and read up on how to be an interesting date. If the food is diabolical or the pub is awful, don’t complain.

However, before you get too swept away, it’s important to test that spark offline.

In fact, a study at the University of Florida found that you shouldn’t wait longer than 17 to 23 days before testing your spark in real life; those who stall can end up creating an idealized image of their date in their heads that reality can struggle to live up to.

Again, this area used to be strictly male territory.

However, increasingly, this seems unfair – for everyone involved!

Apprehension can strike down the most seasoned dater but, luckily, there are ways to beat it.

In a TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy advises standing tall and open in times of stress, as such ‘power stances’ can raise levels of testosterone and cortisol, boosting confidence and quelling nerves.

While it’s essential to look the part, it’s equally as important to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. Choose an outfit that both looks and feels great and you’ll exude confidence throughout your date.

If you’re not sure if it’s a look that works for you then ditch it and save it for another night when you can get an honest opinion from your friends.

Cafes make for great first date venues; a cup of coffee allows for a short encounter or a longer meeting, depending on how well you hit it off!