by Suzanne E Morrison

It is very common for people to get nervous about a first date. A lot of people think that a night at the movies is a good idea for a first date, but you won’t be able to find out much about each other sitting in the dark watching a film!

There are a lot of other great things you can do on a first date that will give you time to get to know each other.

To take the edge off your nerves here are 3 first date tips to help make the situation less worrisome.

Tip One: Meet in the Afternoon

Meeting in the afternoon takes a lot of the stress off of a first date.  Meeting for coffee feels more relaxed and informal than a night time date.  Meeting for coffee can be as quick or as long as you like.  If things are going well you can always extend things out into lunch, or dinner. If things on the date are not going well, you can let your date know that you have other plans and simply cut the date short, without feeling as if you are being rude.

Meeting in the afternoon is also much safer. It is common for women to feel cautious about meeting men, especially if they have met them on an online dating site. Meeting in the daylight can ease the worry.

Tip Two: Wear Something Flattering but Comfortable

Of course you want to look your best, but it is more important to be comfortable.  This does not mean wearing your gym clothes.  Wear clothes that are flattering, but also comfortable for you.  Rather than wear something new, try to wear something that you have never worn before, so you know how it fits and feels.  There’s nothing worse than realizing that you can hardly breathe when you sit down in that new outfit!

Tip Three: Share, but Not Too Much

Share information about yourself, but not too much. Remember the old saying; you have two ears and one mouth for a reason.  Listen as much as you talk, but when you do talk keep your information to basics.  This is not the time to reveal your family medical history.

Small talk is ok.  You are just starting to get to know this person, for all intensive purposes they are still a stranger.  You don’t need to give your life story on your first date.

A first date is a very nerve wracking experience for the majority of us, but it can also be a lot of fun.  Try to relax, be yourself and remember if it doesn’t work out there are other fish in the sea. The most important tip is to have fun and be yourself. If it doesn’t go well, just get back to that online dating site to line up your next date!


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