Gearing Up for your First Tinder Date? Here's How You Can Make a Great Impression
Perhaps it’s been a while since you last put yourself out there, or maybe you’re regularly going on dates that never seem go beyond first-and-last encounters – but don’t worry, you’re not alone. Meeting someone new can be a nerve-racking experience full of uncertainty – after all, that’s why there are so many apps, books and dating services out there – and there’s no ‘right way’ to finding love. However, there are some fundamental pointers that may help you build a meaningful connection with your next date.
If you try the things we’ve listed below, Cupid might just get his aim right this time.
Encourage calling, avoid texting
As a woman living in a digital age, you’ll be all too familiar with the hassle and frustration of being bombarded by text messages and emails on a daily basis. You probably even set up this upcoming date through some form of text-based exchange. With the rate of the old-fashioned voice call falling, you have the opportunity to set yourself apart from everyone else by giving your date a simple call. Not only is it a much more personable and attentive way of communicating, but you’ll also cut out any unneeded miscommunication that can arise from obscure texts. By hearing each other’s voices and establishing a personal connection before the big meet-up, you’ll both get a sense of how the other might be feeling (excited, nervous, uninterested), which will allow you to know where to take the conversation next and help avoid those awkward silences.
Squeeze in a workout to fight the nerves
Meeting someone new might make you feel a little anxious, or even put you into a full-blown panic– and that’s okay! If you weren’t expecting to feel a bit of nervousness amidst the excitement, you wouldn’t be going on this date in the first place. One way you can help calm the nerves and put your mind at ease is do a bit of exercise before your date. Exercise is an effective way to relieve stress, even for those who find the mere idea of exercising stressful, and it can help boost your feelings of relaxation and confidence, as well as giving you a glorious post-workout glow. Whether it’s a bit of yoga, a short run, or a quick session with some weights, it’s better to sweat before you get glammed up than after.
You want to make a good first impression, so it’s only natural to want to grab your most eye-catching outfit from the wardrobe and go all-out. However, the last thing you want is to continually have to pull up your bra, pull down your dress, and suffer from sore feet when your focus should be on building a connection with the person sitting across from you. What’s more, dates can be unpredictable outings, so you’ll want to be comfortably ready for some spontaneity, without having to go home to get changed because you’re not appropriately dressed. The key is in finding a balance between dressing so you don’t be self-conscious about what you’re wearing, and translating your personality through your outfit. Keep in mind that it’s your personality that makes you sexy, not your clothes.
Let your quirks shine through
Social media has accustomed us to present ourselves in a perfect light, but we all know that nobody’s perfect – it’s the little imperfections that make us who we are, and they’re often the things that our life partners find perfectly endearing. Your instinct might tell you to bury them deep down during your date (we’ve all seen how that works out in those tragic Rom-Coms), but do yourself a favour and bring them to the surface. If your date doesn’t like what they see, then you won’t want to waste time having to be somebody that you’re not if it ever progresses beyond a first date – but if they do appreciate seeing the real you, then it could very well blossom into a healthy, honest life-long partnership. Then, hopefully, you’ll be able to catch all their little quirks that you find adorable, too.
Always be honest
While lying might often seem like an easier option than biting the bullet of telling the truth, there’s nothing easy about keeping up with the lie later down the road. Digging yourself out of a lie requires far more effort, frustration and feelings of guilt than admitting an unsavoury truth, and dishonesty will only lead to rifts in the trust you hope to build with your date if it ever becomes something more. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with politely telling your date that you’re not comfortable answering a particular question, or that you’d like to change topics. If your date is the kind of person you imagine ever becoming intimate with, they’ll respect you by waiting until you’re ready to let them in.
Be prepared for anything
If all goes well, your first date might begin at a coffee shop, and end up with a coffee back at your place. There’s no need to freak out over the state of your home if things point in that direction; the heat of the moment will make all of that simply background. Thankfully, you’re the type who makes sure some boxes don’t go unchecked. Your bedroom might be a mess, but you never take breaks on your personal hygiene habits and take pride in caring for your intimate areas. A feminine wash that gently soothes, cares and protects is on the top of your list – one like BETADINE® Daily Feminine Wash or BETADINE® Daily Feminine Wash Foam, ensuring that your intimate areas get the support they need when your date reaches its height of intimacy, keeping you ready for wherever the night may take you.
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