In the hours before your first date, make sure you distract yourself and you’ll help to keep those pre-date jitters at bay.If a workout at the gym is your fail-safe stress reliever or a glowing tan is your ultimate confidence booster, you’re not alone; according to our Love Geist research, Londoners are twice as likely to hit the gym ahead of their first date while daters in the North West are 95% more likely to go for a sunbed or apply fake tan!Ahead of your first date, preparation will play a big part in keeping your stomach from doing somersaults at the mere mention of your date’s name.If you met on dating sites, it’s more than likely that you’ll know the basics about your date and like what you’ve seen.Before picking an outfit, you need to bear in mind what kind of date you’re going on, as well as external factors such as the weather, location and time of day.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.Responding appropriately will show that you too have an opinion and, perhaps more importantly at this stage, that you are interested in what they have to say.
You might learn a thing or two by simply relaxing and listening to your date.
So, whether you chose to indulge in a hot bath and a book, a pre-date calorie burn at the gym or fake it with a spray tan, keeping yourself occupied will prevent you from overthinking possible dating scenarios, so that when it comes to the big date itself, you’ll be relaxed and ready to go have a good time.
Where possible, choose a public or familiar place to meet where you’ll feel comfortable and secure in your surroundings.
The first date is all about enjoying the company of someone new and intriguing, so aim to avoid provoking political debates and stories about past relationships.
Dating should be fun, so try to keep the conversation light and upbeat with stories and questions.And, for extra measure, make sure you tell at least one friend or family member who you are meeting, where you are going and what time you expect to return – just so they know.