Saying that this last year has been hard it’s an understatement. And, if you’ve been single through isolation, then you’ve probably faced a distinct set of challenges.
Understandably, we are eager to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic. We’re hoping that as the vaccination process rolls out and the winter is ending, we will start seeing some signs of hope and any indications that we will be getting back to some semblance of a normal life.
However, we are not quite there…yet.
If you are reading this, you’re probably trying to find love despite the pandemic. And, that’s a good thing. You don’t have to give up on dating just because our world has turned upside down. However, you must be comfortable with video chat dating.
Sure, you might have to set some strict limits on staying only with video chat if he wants you to meet in person before you are ready, but that is good practice for you. After all, getting what you want out of dating, even pandemic dating is all about saying “yes” to what you want and “no” to what you don’t want.
Here are the 5 simple ways you can succeed at pandemic dating and find love:
Pandemic Dating Success Tip #1: Be Realistic
I get it: lockdowns, restrictions, and social distancing have made all of us more eager for human contact. But, just because you are more lonely or isolated during the pandemic does not necessarily mean that you’re going to fall in love right now.
You don’t want to get emotionally involved until you really have a chance to meet and get to know him in real-time. Video chats are great, but they don’t give you the full picture. Chemistry is important, and assessing it requires an in person meeting. Be sure to protect your heart.
Pandemic Dating Success Tip #2: Take Your Time
When you can slow down and enjoy the process of dating, it becomes easier for you to tell if he’s truly interested rather than you chasing him or trying to move the relationship forward. You do not want to be the one doing all the work.
Don’t rush to meet anyone in person until you are ready. If he isn’t willing to wait until then, he may not be that interested.
Pandemic Dating Success Tip #3: Keep Your Options Open
Do not overly invest in a man by taking yourself off the market when he’s still seeing other women. Until he brings up exclusivity and you think the relationship has the kind of long-term potential you want, keep video chatting with other men.
Pandemic Dating Success Tip #4: Be Selective
This is a good time to practice being choosy about who you date. This doesn’t mean finding fault with superficial qualities like his height or hairline. Being choosy is about being able to tell the difference between a good man who can commit and a man who isn’t going to make you happy.
The way a man is handling the pandemic is a good indication of whether he’s a match for you. If you feel nervous about the way he’s dealing with the pandemic, it might be a sign that you are not a match. Maybe he won’t wear a mask or says the pandemic isn’t very serious. This kind of mismatch has become so common that it even got a name. It’s called “Fauci-ing” and it refers to the moments when someone turns down a date with another person who does not appear to be taking the pandemic seriously.
Pandemic Dating Success Tip #5: Look Forward to the Future
It may not look like it now, but at some point, this pandemic will end. Rather than avoiding dating altogether, you can use this time to truly explore your options, take it slowly, and learn more about what you want in a relationship.
This pandemic doesn’t have to be the end of dating. In fact, you can learn a lot about yourself and the dating process, even during these challenging times and without meeting anyone in person. Practice makes perfect!
Bonus Tip: Ready to get started? Here’s a FREE guide, How to Make a Good First Impression Video Chat Dating.