Blind dates are both exciting and nerve wracking. With a little advance preparation you may increase your chances at finding true love, and enable yourself to do so with minimal anxiety. Your attitude affects the attitudes of those around you, so heading into your blind date feeling confident, secure and optimistic should help ease your apprehensions while simultaneously putting your date at ease. A calm air between the two of you opens the experience to deep emotional exploration and great conversation, allowing you both to gain a better sense of the person you are with. This Blind Date Checklist will ensure a winning outcome for any blind date, and will help you know exactly whether or not you should see this person again.
Regardless of how much time you have before your blind date, be it a week or a day, get at least twenty minutes of real exercise in beforehand. Exercise can boost your self confidence, ease anxiety and ground your emotions. As always, check with your physician before starting any new health regimen. Examples of beneficial exercise include:
Eight hours of sleep, always. Numerous studies, show that lack of sleep can have serious side effects. Tiredness can be a turnoff for some. Do your best to be bright and alert on your blind date.
Fashion says a lot about who you are. Are you projecting a relaxed vibe? Serious? Casual, or indifferent? Dressing appropriately for the person you are (if you spend everyday at the office, don’t squeeze into flip-flops you’ll never wear again) builds a foundation for subsequent dates with your potential mate. Being yourself puts people at ease. Be sure to dress appropriately for your environment. Some examples of appropriate blind date attire include:
Whether male or female or other sexual preference, be prepared to pay your own way and the way of your partner. Splitting the costs of the entire date all the way through is a diplomatic approach but if neither of you bring any money, you may spend your first date together scrambling to ATM machines rather than enjoying each others company.
One of the greatest ways to break the ice on a blind date is to bring your date a small gift. It can be a rose (yes, these even works on guys), a funny greeting card, candy or chocolates. Blind dates are a two way street. Use your imagination and help kick off the date with some fun. However, don’t be upset if your date doesn’t have a gift for you. Not everyone thinks of this. Gift giving isn’t about receiving something in return, it’s about bringing smiles to people’s faces. And, if your blind date doesn’t smile? Well, now you know.