Getting through a first date is a common source of anxiety and worry for many. There may be urges to avoid dating altogether or settle for someone who you don’t ultimately see a future with. There is really good news though. If you are willing to learn from each dating experience, manage expectations and recover from some bad dates to meet your Mr. or Ms. Right, you are bound to become a more confident and less anxious dater.
In my last eHarmony post, I discussed how anxiety is a natural part of dating and building a relationship with someone new. I examined common sources of anxiety around dating, as well as offered ten healthy tips to tame first date anxiety. The article was geared toward alleviating anxious thoughts and feelings pre-date and preparing you for a fun and manageable date ahead. My hope is that you got through the pre-date jitters, pumped yourself up and proceeded with confidence to your date.
So how can you manage anxiety during a first date (or a second, third or so on) and establish a genuine connection regardless of an anxious mind?
For more on this article and six healthy ways to manage anxiety on a date, click here.
Wishing you the best,
Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC
Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.