The past few weeks have been extremely difficult for all of us. We’ve been sheltering in place to protect ourselves from getting COVID-19 and overwhelming our healthcare system. Our collective effort is finally paying off, as the rates of infection and death are declining. Naturally, many parts of our country have opened or are making plans to open soon.
Although the coronavirus has not become any less infectious, staying at home causes great damage not only to our mental health but our economy too. Opening up will not only allow people to return to work but also to reclaim their pastime pleasures, like going to the movies, attending concerts and plays, eating out or traveling. We miss you, HORECA(hotels, restaurants, catering), and entertainment industries! And we know you miss us too.
What Will Happen to Your Love Life When the Economy Opens up Again?
It’s risky to assume that everything will magically return to normal when the country opens up, although we all wish we could go back to the way things used to be. Your love life should look a little different than it did before COVID-19 turned our world upside down. For instance, restaurants now have to operate at only 25% of capacity, even if they would certainly like their venues to burst out with people. You should let this inspire you to reclaim your dating life slowly and with caution.
If before the pandemic you used to have a dinner date 2 or 3 nights a week, you may want to reconsider how you open up your dating life. It’s a great idea to screen men more carefully before going out with them for the first time. If any prospective new man expects you to throw caution to the wind and meet him without being completely comfortable, he’s unlikely to be a keeper.
Consider what you’re risking if you were to become ill. Are you a caregiver for children or an older person in your life? Not only might you become unable to take care of them, but you might infect them too, especially if you can’t effectively quarantine yourself. Becoming ill might prevent you from working at your job or from looking for work. If you had expensive medical bills, it could throw your life off track financially. You might have to put off dating for much longer than you had hoped. If you have any of these health conditions, you’ll probably want to stay at home even longer.
So What Happens to Your Dating Life? Do You Have to Forget All About Love?
The short answer to this question is no.
You still have some options when it comes to dating. Online dating still gives you the chance to meet prospective new partners. Rather than rushing to meet your date in person, you can just add the extra layer of protection of video chat dating. Why risk meeting in person when there’s a safer way to figure out if you want to see him again in real life?
If your prospects want to meet you, you can suggest this initial interaction and see if they are open to it. Most importantly, you get a chance to see if they are willing to accept your own comfortable level of interaction and pace. If someone does not seem to be on the same level, it’s safe to assume that you are less likely to harmonize in a future relationship.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, then get my new FREE guide, How to Make a Good First Impression Video Chat Dating. You can learn a lot about what video chat dating looks like and how to get started today. You can build meaningful relationships from the safety of your home, without having to expose yourself too early to potential risks. Video chat doesn’t have to be dull and boring, and you don’t need hands-on meetings for knowing someone.
If you do prefer to get physical while knowing someone, and your pre-COVID-19 love life involved some hookups, you’ll probably want to rethink that kind of behavior. Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the world’s leading experts on infectious disease and a lead member of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce says there are some people who may want to go for a hookup, but he tells us it definitely involves taking risks.
Dr. Fauci says, “everybody has their own tolerance for risks.” He warns people not to make their decision based on how healthy your partner appears because people are transmitting the virus even when they don’t have any symptoms. It’s a very difficult decision, especially since it involves taming your natural urges after an emotionally draining lockdown.
What do you want your love life to look like when your area opens up? Are you going to make some changes in your approach? Leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you. Be safe and keep on living your life as best you can!