Finding love can be difficult enough at the best of times and most of us don’t need the added hurdles of a lockdown to contend with on top of that. Meeting people happens a lot more normally when you can get out and about and socialise normally. It’s so much easier to meet someone by chance or through hobbies. Basically, the lack of indoor meet ups makes finding love a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be.
Lockdown dating can work though, you just need to try some different strategies. Whether you are looking for long term love or simply want to have some fun companionship, I’ve collected together my tips for getting around the extra problems caused by a lockdown with a particular emphasis on finding a local love. It’s so much easier if you can find someone close by that you like to spend time, pandemic or no pandemic, but it’s even more important when there are travel restrictions in place.
Tips for lockdown dating
- Get a dog or at least get outside walking. A lot of walkers will walk at a similar time every day, so it’s worth mixing up where you are walking and when you are going out to maximise the number of people you meet. Make sure you say hello, smile and maybe make a remark about the weather or the scenery. If you have a dog, or they do, it’s easier still to find something to say and initiate a conversation.
- Find an outdoor hobby. A great way of meeting people outdoors is to volunteer for a local charity, perhaps clearing weeds or picking up litter. Often you’ll be in small work parties and you’ll find it easier to get to know people when you have something in common.
- Join a dating agency especially geared up to catering to the local singles scene like Staffordshire singles. Everyone joining a local site is likely to be from the surrounding area or will have a strong local connection. Lockdown is a really great time to take advantage of online dating sites and apps such as Staffordshire dating. You’ll have more free time to meet and get to know new people. You can spend those evenings at home getting to know someone and chatting about things you have in common before you meet them in person. This can even strengthen relationships and help you to focus on their personality, rather than on purely physical attraction, before you meet them in person when restrictions allow.
- Take up outdoor sports. Depending on the restrictions in your area, you may be able to take part in outdoor team sports. This is a great way to make new friends anyway, but if you pick the right sport, you could end up with a new love interest too. Even if you don’t find love that way, you’ll be fitter, probably more confident and have more to talk about when you are able to date next.
Lockdown is a great opportunity to take the chance to talk to some new people. It’s a good way of combating loneliness too, as many people living alone have struggled with the lockdown due to not being able to go on dates and see their friends.