How To Handle Overwhelming First Date Stress

Finally, you’ve managed to get a date with that special someone. You’ve had your eye on them for months now, and at last, the opportunity arrived to ask them out. They agreed, how exciting! But hang on, that means you actually have to go on a date. What if it’s a disaster? Panic stations!

Yes, first dates can be stressful. You’re meeting someone in an environment of potential romance, which in itself is inherently demanding. After all, this person could be the one, right? You might go steady, move in together, and eventually get married. How are you supposed to deal with that sort of commitment?

Before you start chewing your nails and working yourself into a panic, take note of a few important tips.

This Is Supposed To Be Fun

Perhaps the biggest reason for a date being a disaster is nerves. Too often we land up heaping unbearable importance on the event, therefore treating the outing like an exam rather than a fun activity. But first and foremost a date is supposed to be enjoyable. No, you are not required to sit up straight, laugh at the right time, and obey the rules. Instead, rather just have fun! If it turns out you’re struggling to have fun with your date, perhaps it wasn’t meant to be.

First and foremost; be sure to plan a fun activity that you enjoy.

Dress Casual And Comfortable

You certainly want to look good in that there is no question. But what you don’t want is to be uncomfortable. It is a common mistake to overdress to the point of absurdity, pulling on an outfit that pinches in all the wrong places. Imagine how flattered your date will be seeing you wincing and grimacing.

Looking good is essential, but being uncomfortable a big mistake. If you’re worried about how you look don’t be afraid to ask a friend for help. They’ll surely be happy to assist.

Plenty Of Fish In The Sea

It is a cliché, but also happens to be a simple truth; there is plenty of fish in the sea. Maybe you really like this person, and perhaps you’ve been hoping to date them for months. Even still, if you just don’t get along it isn’t a disaster. The world won’t stop turning, the oceans won’t run dry, and it doesn’t mean you’re destined to be alone forever. If the date isn’t working out simply head home, pour yourself a drink, and log in to Lucky Creek for a bit of light entertainment. See? It was still a fun evening after all.

Most of all keep in mind that sometimes people just don’t get along in a special way. Trying to force a romance is always a bad idea, and will almost certainly end in disaster. If not now, then later. Heading to date with expectations is a mistake that everyone makes, and is a primary reason for a date going south.

Once again remember; that you’re there to have fun.

Must-haves for an unforgettable picnic

The sun shines through the louvers of your office window and you are starting to think about the perfect weekend escapade, away from the city and the sound of fingers pressing keyboards. You feel the need for sunshine dripping on your skin and hearing your friends laugh.

We have the perfect idea for you! As June really starts to make its presence felt everywhere and everyone is craving reconnection with nature, enjoy the warm and sunny days with an unforgettable picnic. The first ingredients for a great experience are your dear ones, but if you really want to upgrade and impress everyone, we prepared the complete list of must-haves for an unforgettable picnic!

1. A picnic basket

The classic symbol of a picnic, a knitted basket comes with two main features: it will make you feel like in a fairytale or American 60s movie and it is extremely practical, created with compartments for the easy transportation of everything you need, from napkins to food, to cutlery and dishes. You don’t have one and don’t know where to get it on such short notice? Our honest advice would be to just ask grandma, she will surely be able to help you out!

2. A good cardigan or sweater

Although it’s sunny and hot throughout the day, temperatures can drop quite drastically in the evening, so you might wanna pack something warm, but still breathable enough to keep you comfortable. A perfect choice to keep you warm and dry would be an Irish made sweater for ladies, which is ideal- that is why it is the favorite choice of Irish people! Such a garment is made of 100% Merino Wool, which will not only protect you from the cold on crisp summer evenings, but it also provides comfort, feeling like a toasty hug.

3. Your favorite snacks and drinks

Speaking of food, connection with nature is great, but a pack with your favorite snacks and drinks will make the experience 10 times better. Due to the warm weather, we recommend grabbing fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries or watermelon, to keep you hydrated and refreshed. Don’t forget to grab some bottles of water as well and maybe one or two ice packs!

 4. Sunscreen

An entire day spent in the sun sounds amazing, especially after so many months of cold or rainy weather, but you won’t be able to fully enjoy it if you get a sunburn! For that, a tube of sunscreen is the first thing you should pack, preferably with SPF 50 protection. And don’t forget to reapply it every two hours!

5. Your phone/camera

We know that the entire purpose of this escapade is just enjoying quality time with your friends in nature, away from the quotidian problems and all that technology, but it is guaranteed that you will not regret bringing your phone or the camera. Picnics come with adorable setups, great lighting and if your group prefers it, cute outfits – the perfect scenery for a photoshoot! Even if you don’t want to spend all the time and energy on a full photoshoot, you will still be pleased with a few pictures, just for the memories!

A good picnic throw

Laying on the grass sounds dreamy, but in order to avoid any unpleasant situation (such as the wet grass, staining your clothes, or having an unsolicited date with a bug), we recommend bringing a good quality picnic throw. Make sure it is big enough to fit your entire group of friends on it!

Now that you found out all of our secrets for the perfect picnic, grab your phone and call all your friends to let them know! Have a great weekend and an unforgettable summer!