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Prevasore’s Top Tips to Beat First Date Anxiety

Thursday May 4, 2017

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While the prospect of meeting someone new can be incredibly exciting, it can also be incredibly nerve-wracking! First dates can be stressful, as they’re all about the unknown. It’s natural to be nervous, however, if the build-up is making you feel physically sick and nauseous, you could end up ruining your date! We’ve listed our top tips for reducing your first date anxiety below.

Get yourself in a positive place
When we’re faced with something that scares us, we have an automatic tendency to begin mentally listing all the reasons why we can’t do it and why we might fail. This applies to dating too – when encountering first date nerves, it’s easy to start thinking of all the possible things your date may not like about you. This kind of self-doubt can become very overwhelming, so as soon as you feel it creeping in, make a conscious effort to say nice things to yourself. Tell yourself all the reasons why your date might love you, why you look good, why you’re going to have a great time etc. and repeat these kinds of messages to yourself before, during, and after your first date.

Call a friend for a pep talk
Friends are great supports when you’re feeling vulnerable or anxious.  Give yourself some time to talk out any worries with a friend and they’ll have you laughing and seeing the funny side within minutes. Chatting things through is great for putting everything into perspective, and you’ll be bouncing back in no time!

Try a quick workout

When something’s worrying us, it swamps our mind. By working out before a stressful or intimidating event, you’re channelling the adrenaline into something physical rather than creating mental scenarios of your date in which various things go wrong. Also, the endorphin release post-workout and extra body confidence is sure to put you in a great mood, ready for your date!


There are many ways you can reduce first date anxiety and different methods will work better for different people. Regardless, containing your anxiety is important because a person is at their most attractive when they are authentic and relaxed. Why not try these tips before your next date and see if you feel a difference!


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The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes for speed dating London. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.