Dating is hard, even the most experienced dater has had one or two bad dates in their past. If you’re setting out on a date and want to know how to save it if the worst should happen, keep reading, we have some helpful tips that will save your date.
1. Don’t Give Up
Dating is hard, and being nervous makes it even harder. If you feel like your date is starting to head south, don’t give up. Not all relationships start of as a fairy tale; so don’t feel like yours has to. Stick at it and chances are it will get better.
2. Assess The Issue
Is it an issue of compatibility? Or are you just both as nervous as each other? If you’re struggling to think of conversation topics the have a little checklist of interesting questions to ask in case the conversation runs a bit dry. If the other person is just a jerk, then it’s not meant to be.
Nerves are an instant mood killer for a date. The best thing you can do is to take a deep breath, admit that you’re nervous, and allow yourself to relax into the date.
4. Take Responsibility
If you said something inappropriate or you did something embarrassing, take responsibility for it and admit to it. It will help you both to move past it during the date and this will make things work out well for both of you.
5. Apologise If You Need To
If you’re taking responsibility for it then a helpful thing to do is simply apologise. Explain yourself, tell the other person you may not be used to dating and you’re nervous. Nine times out of ten they will understand and you can laugh about it later.
6. Don’t Take It Personally
If they’re the one’s who said something stupid, cut them some slack. Chances are they’re in the same boat you are and they just got a little bit tongue-tied.
7. Don’t Let Your Imagination Run Wild
If the date is going a little bit sour, try not to let your imagination get away from you. It probably isn’t as bad as you think it is, and there will be an easy fix to the problem as long as you think realistically about what the problem is.
8. Find Your Sense Of Humor
If the date is going downhill, just admit it! The sooner you laugh about it, the sooner you will both be able to relax and have fun.
9. Approach The Subject Of A Do Over
If it’s gone badly, but you both had a bit of a laugh about it, the idea of a do-over will probably be well accepted. Suggest another date now that you’ve relaxed into each other’s company a bit more, the next one will probably be a lot better than the first.
10. Don’t Get Discouraged
If your date really didn’t work out and there are no chances of a do-over, don’t get discouraged. When you meet someone with the right connection you will know it, and the date will flow. So don’t give up on dating, it is hard for the rest of the world, too.