The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on all aspects of our lives. This includes our relationships, friendships, social outings, careers and finances, and choices that we make on a day to day basis. It is without any doubt that this pandemic will become a chapter in the history books.
Due to social distancing and lockdown restrictions, the coronavirus has also significantly changed dating. With the closure of restaurants, cinemas, cafes and bars, our opportunities to meet up with a potential love interest has been taken away. This has caused singles to come up with creative ways to date and get to know each other.
If you are single, you may be wondering how to keep up with dating despite the many restrictions, changes, and fears the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. So, how can you ensure your love life doesn’t suffer while you are adhering to the social distancing rules and spending more time at home?
Here are some tips to help you with dating during the coronavirus pandemic:
Build emotional connections
Our recommendation is that you focus on building an emotional connection while being patient through this time.
The changes to your social life during the coronavirus crisis may have you feeling lonely and isolated. You may feel dating isn’t worth it because of social distancing and therefore it makes it difficult to get to know someone new with so many risks and restrictions. You may feel anxious about getting sick, spreading germs, or the uncertainty of life in general.
While all these feelings are natural, they don’t have to hold you back from dating if you are willing to build an emotional connection prior to meeting up. In fact, you may surprise yourself with how close you feel when you share your feelings and connect during this stressful time. Being vulnerable during times of crisis can lead to higher levels of trust, and stressful situations can bring people together. Maybe now is the perfect time to find love, even if it looks different than expected!
Schedule virtual dates
Dating through technology will give you the chance to assess compatibility and connection while staying safe and preventing further risk.
While it’s natural to want to meet someone new in person and feel frustrated that you can’t, prioritising your safety and health above all is more important at this time. Don’t forget that the current situation is temporary. In the meantime, you can still have fun and build a solid foundation through virtual dating. Plan a virtual dinner, or coffee date or game night where you can both participate in from your homes. Remember, just because you can’t see each other regularly or go out on real dates doesn’t mean your relationship can’t blossom.
Take care of your mental health
To ensure the coronavirus doesn’t take a serious toll on your mental health, it is important to take care of yourself. When you experience anxious or fearful thoughts, take deep breaths and focus on what you can control, such as washing your hands, chatting to your loved ones and limiting news and social media exposure. Cooking yourself a healthy dinner with a nice glass of red wine doesn’t go astray either!
You can also allow yourself to grieve the loss of normality, like social outings, drinks with friends, going to the movies and other things you may have taken for granted and learn now to be grateful and appreciate the little things in life. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you find your way during this anxiety-provoking time. Remember, reach out and talk to someone via phone or video chat if you’re feeling blue or finding it hard to stay calm.
Be proactive & use this time to reflect and re-evaluate what you want when it comes to love
These are the times when we truly reflect on life and where we want to be. In fact, life’s crises, such as this pandemic, impact the way we think and relate to others and lead us to a deeper self-discovery.
While this can be a difficult time for us all, the opportunity to take a break from life and stay home does not present itself often. This time we have, could truly be transformative for our lives. Use this time to evaluate what you ultimately want when it comes to love and find ways to create it in the present and commit to it in the future.
We Can Get Through This …..
There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the dating landscape. However, if you are willing to change up your approach and get creative, it doesn’t have to prevent you from virtually meeting others. It may be disappointing to have to decrease one on one contact, but if you stay positive and take action, you don’t have to put off finding love.