A first date can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to take with you on your first date.
1: Be on time.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is actually very important. No one likes waiting around forever for someone- especially on a first date. Your dating partner will most likely start to get anxious if they have to wait around for a long time. They might begin to wonder if they have been stood up.
Being late is an excellent way to start your date off on the wrong foot. If you know you have a tendency to be late, try and arrive 15 minutes early.
2: Dress for the occasion.
If you are going out to a nice restaurant, dress appropriately. Showing up in a T-shirt when your date is in a dress or a suit will just make you look like you don’t know any better. At the same time, showing up in a suit when you are just going to the mall will simply make things awkward. If you’re not quite sure how you should dress for the activity, remember that it is generally better to overdress than to underdress.
If you have time before your date, take a shower. Besides getting you clean and smelling nice, a shower has the added bonus of relieving tension. Most of us are nervous before a first date with someone new, and a nice warm shower can help us relax.
Make sure that your breath smells nice and that you are wearing the proper amount of cologne or perfume. Smell is strongly tied to memory, so you want to make sure that your dating partner remembers you as a sweet smelling individual.
4. Be cheerful
Before you set off for your date location, try to pump yourself up. Staying alert and upbeat will work wonders on your date. Keep in mind that your date should be fun and that your partner expects you to be an entertaining person. If you are feeling aupset or antisocial, it is important get your energy up for the date. Watch one of your favorite YouTube videos, or listen to a few songs you like before the date. If you are feeling good, then you will give off a positive vibe that your date will pick up on. If you are feeling down in the dumps, your dating partner will pick up on that as well.
5. Be talkative, but listen at the same time.
On our first date, we might be anxious to prove to the other person that we are cool and interesting. This anxiousness leads us to talk about ourselves constantly, instead of trying to get to know our dating partner. Even while they are talking, we are constantly thinking of ways to talk about ourselves. While you’re on your date, strive to be a good listener.