Here are our best tips for your first date to go smoothly and to make a great first impression.
The transition from online messaging to an offline meeting is not as nerve-wracking as it may seem, in fact it’s simply an opportunity to test your relationship chemistry.
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.
If on your first date you get the impression that you both like each other, bite the bullet and arrange a second date then and there.
Studies consistently show that a degree of self-confidence correlates strongly with being perceived as attractive and having success on your first date.
It’s totally normal to be shy or reserved when you first meet, but this can be interpreted that you’re lacking enthusiasm for the date.
Then for an extra precaution, you could check in with your friend a few hours into the date to let them know all is well.
Ultimately, trust your instincts, if you feel like something if off, excuse yourself and leave.
As Elite Singles psychologist Salama Marine explains, ‘Sometimes when some people want to impress, they try to do everything in their power to look perfect, by saying yes to everything and never showing any disagreement. It's nerve-racking to put yourself out there, especially with someone you barely know.Honestly, first dates may suck, but unfortunately, they're pretty necessary in the world of dating.Read our first message article here Your safety on the date is of utmost importance if anything sets off your instincts before heading on the date, stay safe and decline the invitation.
If you’re happy to go on the date, set it up so that you meet in a public place and tell a friend when and where you are going on the date.This is because you may create a fantasy of what your date will be like and in real life it will be hard to live up to your idealised expectations.