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MattR Dating app Founder Jamie Johnston, who suffers from ADHD, said: “I know how much pressure dating puts on someone’s mental health, especially the traditional setting of a dinner, movie or bar. They are sometimes over-stimulating at a time when someone is nervous anyway.”
1. If you have social anxiety: Consider a date at comedy show or a cookery class. Both of these activities provide anxious people with a task to occupy the brain and minimise the risk of overthinking.
2. If alcohol is a trigger for you: Go to a museum or zoo/ They are often sensory-rich environments that provide plenty of conversation starters, while also offering a load of distractions.
3. If you have food-related anxiety: A walk in the park is an ideal first date. It’s not too intense with eye contact, as you’re usually both facing forwards, you can easily leave if you need to or extend the date if it’s going well.
4. If you experience major highs when nervous: Consider doing something active - maybe a fitness class, dates or bowling. These activities offer a simple yet physical distraction for heightened nerves and also mean there’s less of a chance for any awkward silences.
5. If you’re prone to panicking: Make sure you do something that is totally within your control - maybe playing a board or video game virtually. It’s fun, stimulating and provides a topic of conversation if you panic when it comes to talking about yourself.
6. Remember: Keep activities relatively short and allow for breaks if needed to prevent overstimulation or restlessness. Communicate openly about your needs and preferences to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable date.
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We receive so many emails and messages from our readers asking us for guidance on how to cope with the anxiety and disappointments that comes when they dip their toe into dating in order to seek a meaningful relationship. So we decided to conduct our own survey to discover just how challenging being single and dating really is. We wanted to ascertain if our respondents ever compared their dating experiences to other high stress situations such as bereavement, moving house or job, getting divorced etc.
First we asked our readers to tell us if they were a) In a committed relationship b) Single but dating c) Single not not currently dating. We then probed each group of respondents to identify what aspects of their lives during the last five years had created the highest stress levels and also if the angst affected their productivity in the work place. We were astounded to uncover the extent to which being 'single and dating' contributed to tension and high levels of anxiety.
Our Gorgeous Just Loves Magazine poll revealed that almost 8 in every 10 (79%) of those who described themselves as single and dating felt they were less productive at work. 52% of of this group placed dating as being one of the top two most stressful aspects of their lives. 85% said they often lost concentration at work.
Dating expert Lorraine Adams thinks that it could be the uncertainty that is created when meeting people through dating apps and singles events. "When you are feeling content with your life and have some sort of vision or plan for your future, it stands to reason that you are less likely to feel anxious about things" Lorraine ventured. "However if you don't have a sense that your life is progressing towards a meaningful relationship, I can understand how this can affect your mental wellbeing"
Most employers pay little or no attention to the dilemmas and challenges that their single employees experience during their dating journey. Yet singles often make up a large proportion of their workforce. Singles experiencing high levels of stress when dating are not given time off from work in the same way that people suffering from a bereavement or experiencing childcare difficulties are offered. Little empathy is ever granted to single men and women who are suffering the effects of a disappointing dating journey.