In Part 1 of the series we discussed Meeting Guys and not giving up on dating due to the pandemic.
Here’s a quick re-cap:
If you are looking for a connection, wanting to date actively, and/or ready to meet the one: you should not be using the pandemic as an excuse to give up on dating. It’s not harder per se. It just requires a little more thought, a positive attitude, and some creativity, a pivot if you will. Think about it this way: there are men out there who were looking for connections, partnerships, etc prior to the pandemic. Just like you, they still want to date and the pandemic has not changed that. Your mindset hasn’t shifted and there are men out there just as frustrated and just as hopeful that they can still find magic during this time. All is not lost!
Now that you’ve been mixing and mingling, what happens when you decide to take the connection a step further?
Quarantine Dating Survival Guide – Part 2
You’ve met an awesome guy and you want to connect with him outside of your inboxes. Awesome! Let’s talk about keeping that connection going while still being mindful of your safety and the safety of others.
- Be safe: Make sure you both have actually been quarantining pre-date and experience no symptoms. And keep in mind that some people do not show symptoms and are still positive for COVID-19. Checking your own temperature the day of won’t hurt at all. This is serious and people are dying, so please be mindful before stepping out of the house. Wear your mask and make sure your date spot is practicing social distancing.
- Go out: NO house dates. I said what I said! There’s a pandemic going on, but that does not mean you need to forget everything you learned about stranger danger. And even if you feel comfortable with him, do not feel pressure to go over his house immediately. There are plenty of things to do in public like walks, picnics, outdoor dinning, etc. Some men will make excuses not to come up with dates beyond his living room because “there’s nothing open.” Dating is not just about going to a museum or a TopGolf. Activity dates are fun, but it’s really about getting to know that person. With a little thought and planning you can still come up with something memorable. Make smores one day, do an outdoor workout another date, bring coloring books to brunch and see whose art looks the best after 5 mimosas. Get creative and challenge your date to do the same.
- Virtual dating: Do not feel pressure to meet in person because you like a guy! If you aren’t comfortable going out just yet, you can still keep it fresh and exciting by going virtual. If both of you have iPhones you can Facetime. If he has an Android, tell Mr. Green Bubbles to meet you on Google Duo or WhatsApp. Plan a movie night where you both watch the same movie at the same time and have snacks. Pro Tip: Pick a movie you’ve both seen so you can chat during the film. Happy Hours are fun too. Take off your day time PJs, put on your real clothes that have probably been collecting dust, and have drinks. If he already knows where you live and/or you are comfortable, have him send dinner for you on and get dressed up (yes put on your face, and do you hair) for a nice dinner date.
Please be safe and health conscious no matter what you decide!
Hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks to dating during the pandemic. Stay safe and have fun!
This post is part of a 4-part series! Make sure to subscribe to our blog.
- Part 1: Meeting Guys
- Part 2: Planning Dates
- Part 3: Active Dating
- Part 4: Dating Yourself
- Bonus Blog: A Quarantine Connection
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