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How To Prepare For Your First Meeting With Your Online Date

When you date someone long distance, your first meeting can be a bit overwhelming. Here are few tips to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.

Safety First

Of course, make sure to let your friends or family know where and when you'll be meeting your date. Call or text them when you arrive to let them know everything is okay once you meet up with your date. And lastly, you should always arrange to meet in a public place to ensure you aren't alone with them the first time you meet.

Be Yourself

Don't try to be a perfect version of yourself. You don't have to overdress and spend hours getting ready to impress your date. Be your natural self and try to relax. If you overdo it, you may end up coming across as high maintenance or stuffy. Put on some good music while you get ready so you can feel excited instead of anxious. Remember that you're here to have fun, so keep it casual!

Set A Time Limit

Your first meeting might make you nervous, but knowing what time it will end may make you feel a little less anxious. Make it known before you meet that you have to be somewhere later. This way, you'll have an exit strategy in place in case the date goes badly. You can always extend the date if you end up having an amazing time together. This way you won't come across as rude if there is absolutely zero chemistry with your date in person.

Only Have Eyes For Them

Don't obsess over your cell phone! Put your phone on vibrate and leave it in your pocket or in your purse. Nobody wants to go on a date with someone who is texting or gaming throughout the entire night. You should only make an exception for an emergency or to check on things at home. Stay present during your date so you can actually get to know one another.

Prepare Ahead Of Time

If you're worried about being worried, you need to plan ahead. Plan your outfit and make sure it's clean and ready for your big night. Make sure you choose shoes that aren't uncomfortable so you don't end up spending the night in pain. Do a few deep breathing exercises before you leave the house so you'll be calm and collected when you arrive. If you give yourself ample time to get ready, you will feel comfortable in time for your date.

Last Updated: February 12, 2016