While the colder months can make it all too tempting to put your dating life on the back burner and opt to stay wrapped up at home instead, the frosty temperatures can also be the perfect excuse to cosy up to a date to stay warm!
Lumen CMO and Dating Expert, Charly Lester, shares her top dating advice for the chillier months that will help couples keep the spark alive all year round.
- Don’t just go for a coffee.
While it might appear simple to take shelter with a nice hot drink in the warmth of a cafe, in reality you’re turning the date into an interview. There are no distractions to help with conversation and instead you are face to face, questioning someone in a way which can feel far too much like a job interview. Wrap up warm and go for a walk on a sunny crisp winter’s day instead. Walking side-by-side is a much better way to get to know someone without it feeling like an interrogation, and your surroundings may spark some inspiration for things to talk about too.
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- Be a tourist in your own town.
Is there a play, or an exhibition which you have been keen to go and see, or a tourist attraction that you always walk past but have never actually entered? Museums or theatres are a great way to escape the cold and they allow you to use dates as an opportunity to explore the city you live in. It also means that if you decide you don’t fancy the other person, you’re not wasting your time, and you can still have an enjoyable experience.
- Spruce up your winter wardrobe
Make sure that you have items in your winter wardrobe which make you feel confident and dressed up. It can be too easy to hide in a coat or a thick jumper, and end up not feeling your best as a result. Treat yourself to a couple of confidence boosting accessories such as a nice scarf or a complimentary hat.
- Don’t cancel!
When it’s cold and miserable outside, singletons are far more likely to cancel a date at the last minute. Don’t be that person! Arrange the date so you can go straight from work, to avoid any opportunity to change your mind.
- Be safe!
Winter days mean shorter daylight hours. Make sure you tell a close friend or family member if you are going on a date as it is hugely important that someone is aware of your whereabouts. Telling a confidant can also mean you have someone to debrief to post date which can be a lot of fun!