So you've been single long enough? You took some time to get over a bad break-up or just took time to focus on school and your career. It makes sense. Now it is time for you to get your groove back and get you back into the dating scene! If you are feeling like you're ready to give it another shot, then go for it. You know who you are and know just what you want because you are older and much wiser. Yeah, it may seem intimidating and like such an exhausting task to get back into, but you know it will be so worth it in the end. If you are ready to venture out into the realm of dating, check out this list of the many ways to make this experience fun and a little less daunting.
12 Make Sure You Are Ready
Jumping back into dating is never easy. You have to make sure your heart and mind are ready for this whirlwind of possible romance. Be ready to make the commitment to stay true to your needs and know what you want this time around. If you have some doubts about how strong you are, there is a chance you might not be ready. Truth is, it won't hurt to try! Maybe getting your feet wet in the dating pool will be a test to see if you are ready or not. So get out there!
11 Put The Past Behind You
If you were coming off a recent break-up, make sure you are completely over it. No pictures of you two are hanging up on your wall, none of his belongings are in your house and no stalking him on his social media pages. Period. It will help you move on and be open to getting to know someone new. It will help you not think about your ex the entire time you are with your new date. It's time for you to spread your wings!
10 Don't Rush Things
So you needed a nice long break after being in a relationship that did not work out in the end. Just because you already took a long break from not being in a relationship doesn't mean you should go rushing into the dating scene with the hopes up jumping right into another one again. You still need a break from that. Dating should be fun, without all the pressures that surround it. There is no commitment whatsoever so don't put any stress on yourself by trying to get into another commitment.
9 Keep An Open Mind
Are you used to dating every man that looks like the sexiest man alive? What about only dating those guys who are always super fit? No guy will fit the bill every time, so you need to enter these new dates with an open mind. Maybe you will find that the Star Wars nerd actually has a lot in common with you in other areas. Or even find that the usual guy you used to ignore in high school is really actually fun to be around. You won't know unless you try to get to know them!
8 Don't Be Afraid of Rejection
Rejection can be tough to deal with when you are dating, but be ready for it. There are going to be some winners and there are going to be some losers. Every single thing that happens in your life happens for a darn good reason. Just know that in time, you will find someone who will be the best fit for you. So let those losers who lost you go! No one has time for them anyways. Your Prince Charming is waiting for you somewhere and will be smart to know that he should never let you go.
7 Pamper Yourself
The absolute best way to get back into the dating world is to make sure you look and feel your best! Go out for a spa day with your girls. Get that gym membership you always used to contemplate getting every year. Heck, go buy yourself a new wardrobe! Anything that will make you feel like the hottie that you are will show your date you are one confident lady. It also never hurts to spoil yourself a bit.
6 Practice Your Flirting Skills
Okay so you might be a little rusty when it comes to flirting because pick up lines are so old news. When you were in a relationship you probably lost some of the skills you had before you two had gotten together. It's time to brush up girl! Being confident and comfortable about who you are always unleashes the best way to flirt. Get those numbers and bat those eyes at the cutie looking over at you. You got this!
Okay girls, if you haven't heard about MeetUp.com here is your chance. It is one of the easiest ways to meet other singles like you! On MeetUp.com you can find an event that suits your interest. Turns out those people who also attend those events are interested in the same thing you are! If you like hiking then sign up for that "meet up." Even if you don't end up liking it all that much, at least you experienced something new. Just give it a chance!
4 Enter the World of Dating Apps
There are a TON of dating apps floating around in the apps store. Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyOfFish, and Bumble. The list can go on and on. Dating apps? You might ask yourself, "What has the world come to?" The thing is, there has been many success stories with those dating apps and people are actually finding their soulmates! I know it might not be so romantic when one day your kids ask you and your husband how you two met, but it'll all be worth it because you did find your true love through an app. Live with no regrets!
3 Volunteer Your Time
There is no better way to meet someone then through meeting someone who has the same love for helping people and giving back to the community. You both will be starting out with having already one of the same interests. It'll be talking point number one. Talking point number two will just be getting to know each other. The rest will be history. There are a ton of organizations out there in your community that look for volunteers just like you. So why not also find someone special while your at it?
2 Have Single Get-Togethers
Are you and your single friends looking for something fun to do? Two things you should do is gather all your single friends for a fun night out or arrange blind dates for each other. Try getting your best single guy friend to arrange a night with all his single buddies and plan to hit the coolest bar out there to meet up. If y'all are looking to get back into dating, why not use this as a great opportunity for all of you? It really is a win-win situation.
1 Find A New Scene
Hanging out at the same old places you always hang out at isn't always the best place to meet someone new. Yeah it might be comfortable, but at some point you need to broaden your horizons. Go to new places, bookstores, coffee shops and museums. And take your single friends with you! It is your time to shine and really live life to the fullest. Doing the same routine isn't fun so try something new. Who knows who you can meet. Be adventurous!