Dating has been transformed in the last year, due to the Corona Virus. There are and have been challenges with how people have chosen to date each other. A lot of things are not expected to change back to the way they used to be, in the near future. Now is not the time to give up on dating, though. People will always want and need love in their lives.
Here are some tips and ideas on how you can start dating the "new way."
Before choosing to find someone to date, you should learn how to love yourself, if you don’t already. Get to know yourself and know what you want, and what you are looking for in a potential partner. Take care of yourself physical, mentally, and emotionally, so you will not feel like you have to use/find someone to fill a void.
Whatever you do, do not lower your standards, just to have someone interested in or want to date you. That is almost guaranteed to backfire on you. You will most likely be unhappy in the long run. Although, I think it will be ok to compromise your expectations a little bit.
Don’t be afraid or hesitant to ask questions, or mention the Corona Virus. Ask your potential date if they get tested regularly for the Covid-19 virus, and if they have been vaccinated.
If you meet someone on an online dating site, or only speak to on the phone, you have the opportunity to communicate in a deeper fashion. Ask important questions like: “Are you single?” “What type of relationship you are looking for?” “Do you have or want any children?” “...thoughts about Covid-19?” I could go on and on, but those are just some examples to get you started.
Whether you are living together, a new couple, or just meeting online, here are some more suggestions:
Suggested dating destinations, although unconventional: Get tested for the Corona virus, or even get vaccinated together.
Talk on the phone or video chat with each other often. Sexting and sending “love letter” text messages, are a good way to spice things up, especially for couples that have been together for a while.
When meeting someone for an in-person date, always wear your mask (for both of your protection) and try social distancing.
If you live together, and have kids, try going to a hotel for the night or weekend to have some romantic alone time with each other.
If you choose to, getting the Covid-19 vaccine before you meet your date in person, would be a great idea.
Watch movies or a virtual concert together, if you cannot be with that person face-to-face.
When meeting face-to-face, here are some suggested things you can do, that can be really impactful:
Go on a walk together
Go for a bike ride
Go to outdoor events, such as: festivals, outdoor restaurants, visit farmer’s markets, stroll down your city’s Riverwalk (if it has one), parks, beaches, miniature golf, wineries (wine tasting) or go for a boat ride
Go to a local park and have a picnic together (I know this is one of my favorites.)
I hope you find these suggestions helpful, and help to combat some of the challenges of dating the "new way."