Beating the First Offline Date Jitters

By Paola Hernandez, Copy Cutie

Keep calm and relax. Everything will be okay!

It’s normal to be nervous about meeting someone for the first time, especially if it’s for a date. Though you and your date have “clicked” through chemistry online, you two are finally going to meet in person, which is a totally different dynamic — there’s no computer screen to hide behind! If you’ve got that nerve-racking feeling, here are a few tips to help ease the first date jitters so you can enjoy your time out and not stress yourself silly!

1. Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture.  Want to know the best way to get your mind off of anything? Dance it off. Music can set the tone for any mood, so use it to your advantage. Blasting happy, upbeat pop songs like ‘Glad You Came’ by The Wanted or Calvin Harris’ ‘Feels So Close’ while you’re getting ready for the big night will get you pumped in no time. Find the perfect songs that will put you in that right mood so your mindset will stay positive for the rest of the night. And singing along to your favorite lyrics will not only help kill time before your night out, but will help plaster a huge smile across your face — a much-needed asset when meeting a match for the first time. But if Guns N Roses’ ‘November Rain’ comes up in your iTunes or Spotify playlist, make sure you hit the next button!

2. Liquid Courage.  If you enjoy a glass of Merlot or a pint of Guinness, treat yourself to a small drink before your night out. Unwinding before a date keeps you from being as nervous as you normally would. Just be careful with the amount of alcohol you consume beforehand. The last thing you want is to be loose as a goose or not be who you really are. But if you’re meeting someone for drinks, remember that there will already be alcohol on your “plate” for the evening. Don’t overdo it!

3. Beddy Bye.  And if you have enough time before heading out, really refresh yourself with a nap! Take advantage if your schedule allows for a mini-snooze before a night out. Being well rested and relaxed will give you the encouragement needed to enjoy a night out on the town. No one likes a cranky person, especially if it’s a first-time meeting. If a nap is the remedy you need, go for it. Just make sure you set your alarm clock early enough so you have enough time to get ready, since oversleeping will do you more harm — you don’t want to end up running around like a chicken without a head!

Everyone has different methods to help them relax before a first meeting. Just remember that unlike a blind date, the two of you have already gotten to know each other digitally. You’ve won them over with your words; now let your personality shine.

How do you de-stress yourself before the big night? Let us know in a comment below!