Meeting a new romantic interest for the first time can rattle even the most self-assured people around. Whether your last date was a few days, weeks, or months ago, putting yourself out there can definitely result in some serious jitters. Take note of the following tips that will help first date nerves so you can relax and enjoy the moment. After all, life is too short to spend another second stuck in your head when you could be focused on getting to know your date. According to Dr. Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and host of The Kurre and Klapow Show, feeling nervous on a first date is completely normal.
"Dating presents some unique social stressors that lead to nervousness," Dr. Klapow tells Elite Daily. "Being evaluated for attractiveness and likeability by another person, having to show our best self, being aware of our flaws that might get exposed, in addition to many other variables can be tough to manage. All of these create many unknowns that are all socially and psychologically tied." Juggling so many different worries while also feeling genuinely excited to make a connection can be a lot to process all at once. Here are some ways you can keep your nerves in check and put your best foot forward during your first IRL interaction.