The first date jitters are so real, fam — and it's not surprising in the least. With popular expressions like "First impressions are everything," and "You only get one chance to make a first impression," it can feel like there's an overwhelming amount of pressure to be on your A-game. It's only natural to want to wow your crush (and potentially land a second date if things go well), but stressing out about it certainly won't help your cause. If you put too much pressure on first dates, you may want to focus on trying to take it down a notch. That way, you're more likely to be yourself — oh, and actually have fun, too.
“Worrying about what might go wrong on the date and doesn’t allow someone to put their best self forward and go in confidently," Maria Sullivan, dating expert and vice president of Dating.com, tells Elite Daily.
It makes sense when you think about it. How can you possibly be confident or comfortable if you're laser-focused on doing everything perfectly from start to finish? Fortunately, Sullivan has a slew of potentially helpful strategies that can eliminate some of that perceived pressure — like having one glass of wine while you're getting ready (or popping a CBD gummy if that eases your anxiety better). That's right, you have an expert's permission to relax). So, before your next first date, try one of these expert-approved tactics to avoid getting flustered.