Dating can be a fun journey towards a healthy relationship. It may also provoke anxiety and feel like a “chore.” The “who” and “how” seem to be two of the most daunting elements.
Even when dating “with purpose” you do not have to know right away whether this person is a life mate. Think of dates as a way to get to know a person and to see if there is rapport that can be built. Being able to get to know enough of a person to schedule a second date can be the only goal of a first date. Easy first dates include, museums, coffee/tea and breakfast. Movies are a familiar “go to” but remember you spend 1.5 – 2.5 hours in silence. Thus, they may be better for a second or third date.
Although there are no foolproof ways to meet the “perfect” partner, there are ways to enhance your opportunities and increase your dating pool. Keeping a well-rounded dating world is a way to increase openness and to meet a variety of people.
• In world
♣ Meet Up Groups
♣ Social Gatherings
♣ Dating Sites
♣ Dating Apps
♣ Social Media
Hitting the Pause Button: There is no harm in taking a pause during your dating journey. Dating to become whole, heal or to forget may not always be the best course of action. I invite you to ask the following questions to help ground yourself:
Why am I dating right now?
Do I feel ready to become emotionally and mentally invested?
Do I enjoy alone time?
What have I learned about myself from my past experiences?
The key is to continue to work on self during these moments. You want to attract from the best part of you.