Jumping back into the dating scene can be particularly difficult during a global pandemic. If you are a bit rusty because you’ve been taking a break, don’t worry — there are plenty of people in your exact position. To make things easier for you, we have come up with a handy guide on how to start dating again in the age of COVID-19.
1. Stay On Top of Your Wellbeing
Before you venture back into the dating world, you should check in with your mental and physical health. Revamp your lifestyle by picking up healthy habits such as exercising, cooking, and eating nutritious meals. This is also an opportunity to change your appearance. In addition to getting a wardrobe makeover, you can tackle any lingering insecurities. If you are worried about a receding hairline, you can look into purchasing hair loss treatments online.
2. Think About What You Want From A Partner
Now that we’re spending most of our days indoors and away from friends, we have more time to reflect about our past. You should channel your energy into journaling and reflecting on your previous relationships. From being open and honest with yourself, you will figure out what you want from your next partner.
3. Update Your Dating Profile
Chances are that if you have been away from the scene for a while, your dating profile might need some upkeep. And if you want to stand out, you will have to put in some extra effort. Make sure to answer all the bio questions, add new photos, and keep your social media up to date.
4. Relax — It Will All Be Okay
Don’t get discouraged! Dating is a process that takes some time and there will be some bumps in the road. See if your friends know any singles and keep an open-mind. There’s a lot going on right now so just remember to have some fun and enjoy yourself.
5. Stay Safe and Abide by the COVID-19 Guidelines
Though it’s great that you want to meet new people, you should be mindful of the reality of a global pandemic. Instead of spending time indoors, start off with a Facetime or Zoom call. If there seems to be some chemistry, go on a hike or walk through the park. Make sure to check the COVID-19 guidelines of your city so you can abide by the rules. Ask your date what they feel comfortable with. At the end of the day, it’s about staying safe.
You should have an open and honest conversation about your health before you get intimate. In addition to discussing whether you have been tested for COVID-19 or have been recently exposed to it, ask your partner about their STDs/HIV status, birth control, forms of protection, and whether they are sexually involved with other people.
Instead of getting overly worked up about dating, you should view it as a fun activity and a great way to meet new, interesting people. Don’t feel too pressured to find “the one.” It will happen when the timing is right.
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