Top 10 Dos and Don'ts of Dating: A Guide for Single Women

Calling all single ladies! Are you tired and exhausted of modern day dating? Does it seem like no matter how many dates you go on, you keep attracting the same types of underwhelming prospects? Or maybe you do attract people who spark your interest, but then you quickly lose theirs. I understand, because I've been stuck in that phase before too. STRESS NO MORE! I've got you covered with these 10 Dos and Don'ts of Dating tips.

Follow these 10 Dos and Don'ts of Dating Tips:

  1. DO Be Honest and Authentic: Be yourself and don't try to be someone you think the other person wants you to be. Although this can be very tempting when you date someone you feel an intense connection to, this is KEY! Authenticity will help you attract the right person and avoid wasting time on incompatible matches. 

  2. DO Know What You Want: Before you start dating, take some time to think about what you want in a partner and what your deal-breakers are. If you're not clear about your own needs and desires in a relationship, you'll always end up being at the mercy of the other person's desires. Knowing what you want will help you be more selective and avoid wasting time on dates that are not a good fit. On to the next!

  3. DO Practice Self-care: Many women make the mistake of sacrificing their own needs in a relationship, often due to the lack of establishing a regular self care routine prior to dating. It's very important to take care of yourself and prioritize your own needs and well-being. Another reward of self care is feeling more confident and attracting healthier, more fulfilling relationships.

  4. DO Set Boundaries: DO NOT DATE if you haven't already established healthy person boundaries! It's important to be able to set boundaries and communicate your expectations clearly. When we have a lack of boundaries, it often leads to a feeling of being taken advantage of or disrespected in your relationships.

  5. DO Take Your Time: Don't feel pressured to rush into a relationship or commit to someone before you're ready. In a recent study by PEW Research, it was concluded that many modern women feel more pressured to have sex during the early dating stages than the women of previous generations. If someone makes you feel pressured to moved faster than you're ready to...they're NOT the one. It's okay to take your time and get to know someone before making any kind of physical or emotional commitments.

  6. DO Communicate Openly and Honestly: Effective communication is key to any successful relationship. Without healthy communication, you may as well hang up any hopes of long-term success or satisfaction within a relationship. Learn to listen to others and express yourself clearly. Practicing healthy communication helps to avoid misunderstandings and builds trust.

  7. DO Be Open to New Experiences: Don't be afraid to try new things or step outside your comfort zone. Let the man decide where to go sometimes. You may be surprised that you actually really did enjoy that live baseball game after all. An open mind will help you to expand your horizons and find new interests and passions.

  8. DO Trust your Instincts: A woman's intuition never lies. If something doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and listen to your gut. Everything that glitters isn't gold. Just because everything seems perfect on paper, doesn't mean that it actually is. It's better to be safe than sorry. Prioritizing your own well-being and listening to your intuition is vital.

  9. DON'T Settle: Don't settle for less than you deserve. Even though it can be tempting to stay in an unfulfilling relationship rather than be alone, it's never fruitful in the long-term. If a relationship isn't meeting your needs or making you happy, it's okay to walk away and allow space for someone better suited for your needs, desires and personality.

  10. DON'T be Afraid to Be Single: Even though social media makes it seem otherwise, it's okay to be single and focus on yourself. Single-hood is a necessary phase of life. This is the phase you have the opportunity to learn more about yourself, grow as an individual, and build a strong foundation for future relationships.

And that's it – the 10 Dos and Don'ts of Dating that will help you navigate the modern dating scene and find genuine love. Remember to be honest with yourself, communicate clearly, and trust your gut. Most importantly, don't be afraid to be single and focus on yourself. You deserve love at all times, regardless of who or who's not giving it. Happy dating single ladies!

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