In general, dating can be tough — but through a global pandemic into the mix and it can feel downright impossible. While this may not seem like the right time to get into a relationship, it may actually be the best time. What? Finding love in quarantine you ask? Between copious lockdowns, ever-changing restrictions, and general fear, it can be a scary (not to mention, depressing) time to be alone. Never underestimate the power of human connection, so a (safe) relationship may help you stay mentally sane during these uncertain times.
1. Embrace The Real You
You know that feeling when you meet someone in person for the first time after corresponding online for a few weeks and they look nothing like their profile photo? Or, perhaps you’re the one who’s guilty as charged. Whether your salon is closed or you’ve had to tighten up your purse strings due to job loss or less work, this is the time to embrace the real you. Stop putting pressure on yourself to be “perfect” during a time when sweat pants outweigh leather leggings. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel your best, don’t be afraid to embrace the real you — even if that means a few extra lockdown pounds and roots.
2. Be Honest and Open
These are odd and uncertain times, but that doesn’t mean you should hide behind false feelings — or a false identity. Be honest about what your expectations are, including how you want to proceed with your potential relationship. Also, every relationship is built on a foundation of honesty and trust, so whether you lost your job due to COVID-19-related business closure or are having a hard time coping with quarantine, talk about it. At the end of the day, both you and your potential partner need to decide if this type of relationship-situation is worth making an effort or if it’s time to move on to see if it will work with someone else.
3. Take Advantage of Virtual Dates
Until you really feel the relationship has some potential, it’s a safer idea to have a virtual date instead of a face-to-face one. Just like you have Zoom meetings, you can do the same with dating. Get creative by choosing a theme — maybe you’re both sipping salty margs and Mexican fare on taco Tuesday, or perhaps you’re both tuned into the same movie together. Who knows? You may find that you get to know the other person better in this unconventional way than traditional dating.
4. Take a Break From Dating Apps
Just because you have more solo-time than ever before doesn’t mean you have to fill up each moment searching for a mate. In fact, it may be a better idea to take a break to work on yourself so that when the time comes, you’re in a better mental state of mind to be in a healthy, loving relationship.
5. Give Yourself Extra Grace
Along with allowing yourself to take a break from online dating altogether, allow yourself to make mistakes and have an imperfect date or two. As with anything going on in your life during the pandemic, don’t be too hard on yourself. Uncertain times can sometimes provoke uncertain moments, so forgive yourself.
6. Decide Whether or Not It’s Safe to Meet in Person
Perhaps you and a potential partner have had several virtual dates and phone conversations and now you want to take things to the next level by meeting in person. First, ask yourself what the current transmission rates are where you live? Do either of you have any preexisting conditions? Is there a chance that one of you could have developed the virus due to lifestyle habits? Would you both be willing to get a test if that made you feel safer? What type of date could you go on that’s low-risk?
7. Consider Quarantining Together
This tip is obviously easier to make a decision on if you’re a couple that’s been together for a long time, but if you’ve both invested in trying to make things work and you have good communication, you may want to consider quarantining together — even if it’s only a temporary move. Just be sure to first have a clear and honest conversation about living habits, rules, and financial obligations before packing up any boxes.
8. Give Yourself Extra Guidance
Even during normal times, relationships can be confusing and sad as much as they can be exhilarating and loving. While you can always turn to a friend or family member when you need advice, a psychic can provide unbiased insight into your relationship, including everything from how to strengthen your current bond to the steps you need to take to get over a recent breakup.
Interested In Learning More Ways To Find The Right Partner?
Of course, a psychic such as one of our Keen love and relationship advisors can also help you navigate the stormy seas that come with finding a partner during a global pandemic. Yes, online relationship advice truly can help you with your online dating life, whether that’s helping you figure out if what you’re feeling virtually is real or even nudging you in the direction to take some time off to work on the relationship with yourself first. If you’re going to attempt to date during the pandemic, make things a little easier on yourself by speaking to one of our experts today.