When you’re set up with a potential date by a friend or online service, it can be exciting but highly nerve-wracking! You’ve never met this person, and for some reason or another, you’ve been matched up with them because someone thinks you’ll hit it off. There are endless possibilities. Here are a few tips for having a great first blind date.
Take your mind off the date
On the day of your date, it can be easy to dwell on the event to come, overthink, and psych yourself up about what could or couldn’t happen. To keep this from happening, stay busy during the day. Focus on your work and going through your normal routine. Do something that you enjoy to take your mind of the events to come. The less time you spend worrying about the date, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to actually enjoy it.
Do some light research
If the person you’ve been set up with is a friend of a friend, or you have some mutual acquaintances, you probably don’t need to and shouldn’t do any pre-date research. However, if it’s a true blind date and you don’t know the person, nor do you have any mutual friends, then it might be a good idea to do some light research. If you know their name, do a quick social media search. If you’re meeting this person for the first time, then this will help you get an idea of what they look like. You can also use a site like PeopleFinders to get some more information. Just whatever you do, don’t over-research. You don’t want to make any pre-determined judgments or take all the surprise and allure out of the situation!
Pick a place that you’re comfortable with
Since there are going to be a lot of unknown variables on your date, you should take some control of the situation by suggesting a mutual meet-up spot that you are comfortable in, and that is public enough that safety is not a concern. You can never be too careful in these types on scenarios. Pick a restaurant, bar, or outdoor event where you will know people, or where you are very familiar with the environment. This will give you a little bit of calm going into an unpredictable, yet exciting scenario.
Wear your favorite outfit
To maximize your confidence, select an outfit that you absolutely love – maybe one of your go-to outfits. If you feel confident in your own skin, you’ll be able to make the best possible impression and feel good about yourself, and that will radiate it out of your presence.
Don’t drink too much
It’s natural to be nervous on a blind date, but don’t turn to alcohol to quell your nerves. It’s okay to have a drink or two, but you don’t want to dull your senses too much to not be able to enjoy yourself. Limiting your drinking will help you stay sharp, have a good time, and be safe.