Ready to Date During the Pandemic? Here Are Some Tips for a Successful First Date

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Going on a first date is often nerve-racking. But going on a first-date during the pandemic can be especially so.

On top of all the usual things to worry about — like, if they like you and if you like them — now you also have to deal with certain challenges, such as whether you should meet virtually or in person.

“These are less-than-ideal circumstances to meet strangers, to put your best foot forward, to enter situations with, at times, forced positivity,” says Sabrina Romanoff, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in New York City.

It’s tough to feel fun and flirty during these unprecedented times, she adds.

If you feel anxious, know you aren’t alone

“It’s cold, it’s winter, and we’re still in the middle of a pandemic,” says Beth Ribarsky, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Illinois Springfield and an expert in dating and sexual communication.

“That’s rationale enough to be stressed. It’s incredibly important to normalize that it’s okay to not feel okay all the time.”

The important thing, she says, is to be honest with yourself.

Going on a first date is often nerve-racking. But going on a first-date during the pandemic can be especially so. On top of all the usual things to worry about — like, if they like you and if you like them — now you also have to deal with certain challenges, such…

Going on a first date is often nerve-racking. But going on a first-date during the pandemic can be especially so. On top of all the usual things to worry about — like, if they like you and if you like them — now you also have to deal with certain challenges, such…

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