If you’ve been asked on a first date, you’re probably feeling a mixture of emotions. You’ll be excited to know more about your date and see if there might be a future between you. But you’ll also be nervous about making a good impression, especially if you’re going on a blind date.
While some nerves are expected, being too nervous can ruin your first date. You can become shy or unsure of what to talk about. They can also make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and worried about what they are thinking. Instead of letting your nerves get the better of you, we’ve got some tips to help you feel at ease and increase the chances of first date success (to help you with a second date)!
Make Yourself Look (and Feel) Gorgeous
If you know that you look amazing, it can send your confidence sky high and reduce your nervousness. So do some beauty planning and preparation in the week or days leading up to your date. Try on a few potential outfits, keeping the activity planned in mind. Make sure it fits well and that you iron or dry clean it beforehand. Treat yourself to some new makeup, accessories and perfume too. Do also make sure that you’re not dressing too unobtainable as you don’t want to look like you’ve tried too hard, yet you also want to make sure you look like you’ve made an effort for your date.
Visit a nearby beauty salon to have a facial, haircut or to have your brows shaped. If you have time, you could also visit celebrity dentist, Dr Michael Tam, for teeth whitening or veneers. Although of course, this is a little extreme for a first date. You should, however, do whatever it takes to make yourself look and feel amazing, for you and nobody else. Be comfortable in your own skin and this will radiate outside too!
Listen To Music
Music has the ability to change your mood almost instantly by filling you with motivation. So instead of getting ready in silence, put on your favourite track. This will take your mind off how nervous you feel and help you feel more at ease. Try to avoid sad ballads and instead, opt for upbeat party tunes. Spend some time dancing around your bedroom and enjoy the getting ready process.
This is an exciting time in your life, dating should be fun and nothing to be scared of. Nothing ventured is nothing gained right? Think about it with this mindset and this way and you’ll certainly be winning before you even step out of the door.
As you make your way to your date, play your upbeat song in the car or on your phone through headphones. This can help prolong this laid back feeling and put you in a fantastic mood before your date begins. Why not ask your date what their favourite song is as a great conversation starter.
Many people get nervous about a date because they think it will be an awkward experience. Starting the first date with this mindset can make this preconception come true. Stop convincing yourself that it is going to be a disaster and try to think more positively. Think about the good things that can come from this date and focus on that. Start the date with an open mind and have some conversation ideas pre-prepared to help you relax. Even if it doesn’t work out, at least you’ve got a good story and an incredible meal out of it.
So don’t let your nerves get in the way of you having an excellent first date. The more relaxed and confident you feel the more likely your personality will shine through. With these tips to help you, your date is bound to be bedazzled by you.
Are you heading out on a first date? We’d love to know where you’re going and what your plans are. Let us know how you’re preparing too in the comments section below. As always if you’ve found this of any value and think a single friend or family member will benefit from these dating tips too we’d love for you to share this article across social media and beyond.