Who else has been a victim of the first-date jitters? No matter how many dates you’ve been on, the nerves and adrenaline before meeting someone new can often feel scary and a little overwhelming. Rather than letting the nerves take over and completely over-thinking the situation, follow our tips below to stay cool, calm and collected (all whilst wow-ing your date-to-be!).

Pamper yourself

The best way to prepare for a potential first date is take care of numero uno… yourself! A pampering facial, manicure, pedicure or even a spray tan can be a few ways to relax and unwind before a date. They can also help you to build some extra self-confidence and keep your mind at ease, especially if you’re prone to over-analysing and worrying about the impression you’ll make.

Do your research

Some might think of this as taboo but researching your date online is the best way to gain some insight into their personality. If you’re already connected on social media, you have access to their likes, hobbies and work so it won’t feel as daunting as a blind date. Plus, this way you know what to expect and can prepare yourself accordingly.

Calm your nerves

Let’s face it, going on a date after a long hiatus can also mean feeling a little nervous beforehand. In order to keep those nerves under control, there are a few different ways to relax and have a good time. Rather than indulging in a drink or two, take 10-15 minutes to mediate and calm your nerves before leaving home. Turn off all forms of media and sit silently to focus on your mind, body and spirit. It’s also a good habit to get into on a daily basis, especially when paired with positive affirmations.

Have a few topics prepared

Sometimes conversation with someone new can be, well, kind of awkward –especially if you haven’t spent much one-on-one time together. It’s good to have some topics prepared if you’re ever stuck in silence halfway through your date together. Skip the usual such as hobbies, likes, dislikes and career questions for funny stories and anecdotes. It’s a great way to built some rapport and will have you both bonding through your shared experiences. If you’re really worried about conversation, avoid dinner or drinks in favour of activity-based dates, such as go-karting or seeing a movie, which will always be at the centre of your attention.

Beauty sleep

Not enough sleep will definitely have you yawning across the dinner table by 8pm; a big faux-pas in the dating world! Make sure you have an early night before your date. It will help keep you refreshed and give your skin a certain glow!

Eat well

Steer clear of sugary and salty foods, which could cause bloating and uneven skin tone. You want to look and feel your best, so make these lifestyle changes for the better. A healthy diet will also help with energy levels and have you feeling better overall.

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