The dating do’s and don’ts during coronavirus (COVID) are a set of 10 guidelines to help you navigate the choppy waters of dating during a global pandemic. There are a lot of sharks in these waters, so be smart and, above all, be safe!
1. Establish clear boundaries for COVID dating safety.
We all have our own unique way of being cautious with coronavirus. You don’t have to justify your methods to anyone new in your life and they should respect how you feel about this serious virus.
2. Go online to find more people to choose from.
Sorry, but it’s true. It goes without saying that a lot of our social activities are now online. Online dating sites are like a large room full of options. You can pick and choose, screen, and discover more based on your own terms and timeline.
3. Clearly explain your boundaries to potential suitors.
You should know from your first few conversations if someone you are interested in practices COVID safety in a manner that is consistent or inconsistent from your own. Ask the right questions and observe their activities from afar.
4. Be open-minded and creative about getting to know each other in ways that are safe right now.
We are all forced to do things differently. Due to COVID, we should not be feeling the urge to meet up right away after meeting someone online. This is a good thing because it allows us to get to know this person better and figure out ways to eventually meet, if and when that makes sense, in a way that is safe and comfortable.
5. Be receptive to emotional bonding instead of focusing on the physical.
Take your time and be patient. Real love benefits from this patience while, conversely, lustful urges tend to create greater impatience. Focus on the former more than the latter to build an emotional connection.
1. Don’t give in to peer pressure or social pressure to ignore the virus.
Coronavirus is highly contagious and our information about the virus is changing all the time. If you feel anxious about a dating activity that violates your COVID boundaries, listen to your instinct and don’t do it.
2. Don’t waste time with those who don’t understand your COVID dating boundaries.
If people label you as “paranoid” or “picky” or “too much” during this global pandemic, you are clearly not on the same page as this person. Feel free to let them go.
3. Don’t expect to meet someone you want to date in person right away.
These things take time so don’t expect to go from an online introduction to texting to talking to meeting in person very quickly. Because meeting someone new in person is risky COVID behavior, don’t expect reasonably cautious people to do it very quickly.
4. Don’t compromise yourself, your health, or your safety.
Dating is already tricky. Nowadays, it can be dangerous, even deadly. To make it worthwhile, you should only date within your comfort zone and engage other like-minded people.
5. Don’t be desperate.
And don’t rush the process. Nobody wants to be your personal COVID stress reliever that you use for distraction and entertainment (unless the feeling is mutual, which is just sad). We are all feeling pretty badly about the current state of affairs. However, have hope that it is getting better and don’t just date the most available person because you are in a miserable state.
Uplift yourself first, make the best of what is, and maybe you will find what you have always been looking for.
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