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Easing First Date Jitters

Many of us have been on blind dates, as in meeting complete strangers for the first time in a dating situation. No matter how much bravado we put up when talking about it, the fact is these first dates are a big source of jitters. Even if you're a confident person; first dates can put your nerves of steel to the test.

Because meeting someone for the first time on a date is always a cause for nervousness. This is normal considering that you are meeting a potential romantic partner. So what should you do to help get over the jitters of meeting your blind date? One way is to prepare yourself beforehand.

First of all, if you are going on the dating circuit, whether through internet matchmaking services or with the help of a default matchmaker (i.e. mom, dad, uncle, aunts...), you will have to picture the kind of person whom you want to connect with. This will give you parameters as to whom would be a good match in the first place, not to mention a sense of what to expect. Having this sense of what to expect can take some of the edge away from dating jitters.

Second, you have to be ready with your Q&As. What questions do you think you should ask your date to get to know more about him/her? It really depends on what you want to know without trying to be intrusive about it. In the same light, what answers do you want to give to questions that you ought to expect thrown your way?

Third, a bit of exercise helps to get your mind and body relaxed. Breathing exercises, meditation or yoga are known to aid the body in dealing with the jitters. Plus, it will make you feel better about yourself too.

Lastly, remember that practice makes perfect. As you go through your first dates – and you will definitely have a number of those before you find the right one – you will eventually get your moves right and the jitters will slowly subside.

Posted at 11:05 AM on May 22, 2009 By

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