Navigating the ever-expanding list of dating apps in search of your perfect partner can get real tired, real fast. If you're not meeting anyone you like, and all the swiping has you feeling drained and discouraged, you're not alone. Dating fatigue is a very real issue that tons of single people can experience. But implementing self-care tips for dating app burnout can be a helpful way to stay grounded while living the single life.
"When fatigue sets in, it’s a good idea to take a break," Julie Spira, online dating expert and author of Love in the Age of Trump: How Politics is Polarizing Relationships, previously told Elite Daily. "Whether you set a defined time of three to five days [of rest], or just decide to take a walk or a hike to clear your head, pushing the pause button on dating will give you a fresh look at the process. Plus, new people will become single while you’re out-and-about on your brief dating hiatus." Dating can easily start to feel like a marathon, but it's important that you don't let it eat up all of your free time.
Jenna Birch, strategic advisor for Plum dating app, previously told Elite Daily that focusing an excessive amount of energy on finding a partner isn't a sustainable approach to dating. "It's not a test or a race to see how fast you can find a new flame," said Birch. "You can go on a dating hiatus, and just focus on yourself. Constantly scanning rooms and browsing apps for new dating prospects can make single life less fun." If you think you might be experiencing dating app fatigue, here are some ways you can practice self-care.
1. Delete The Apps.
When dating around is no longer bringing you joy, it may be time to delete the apps while you regroup. If you're just planning on taking a short break, deactivating your account instead of permanently deleting it is a great way to give yourself some breathing room.
2. Spend Time With Your Friends
Actively dating can be a very time-consuming process. After taking a step back, you might be surprised by how much free time you have. This is the perfect opportunity to make bonding with friends or family a priority.
3. Take Yourself On A Date
Just because you aren't in a relationship, doesn't mean you can't indulge in sit-down dinner dates or other traditionally "coupley" activities. Don't be afraid to take yourself out for drinks, dinner, or an event like concert or a reading. If sitting alone feels awkward, consider bringing headphones and listening to an audiobook or podcast. A solo experience can be a satisfying way to reconnect with yourself.
4. Explore New Hobbies.
Stepping out of the dating pool also means you'll have plenty of time to try out new hobbies. Now's the time to take that sketching class or start learning a new language.
5. Learn To Be Alone.
Sometimes, chasing a relationship can feel like the only productive way to avoid feeling alone. Unfortunately, whether you're single or in a relationship, feeling lonely from time to time is a normal part of life. Learning to fully embrace who you are and valuing alone time is an important life lesson you can learn while on a dating hiatus, and spending time alone, meditating, reading, and enjoying your own company can help you do just that.
6. Be Patient.
Ultimately, the dating process can be frustrating in so many ways. Staying patient is key. Just because something isn't happening on your timeline, doesn't mean that it's not going to happen at all. When you're feeling burned out on dating, the best thing you can do for yourself is to accept what's happening and not lose hope.
Don't force yourself to stay in the dating pool if you're experiencing dating fatigue. Respect your feelings and well-being enough to allow yourself a break whenever you need it. Remember: There is more to life than looking for love.