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Practicing Self-Care Ahead of a First Date

Going on a first date is exciting but also nerve-wracking. You probably do not know the person very well, so you want to make a good first impression. Being able to have an intelligent conversation, tell funny jokes and be at ease with your date will make a second date more likely. You also want to look your best when you go out to dinner or to another event. Follow these tips for getting your body ready for that first date.

Hit the Gym

If you wait until the week of your date to start going to the gym, there will not be a noticeable effect. However, if you work out consistently, you will tone your muscles, be less stressed and look stronger. Depending on your diet, you may also lose weight. Most importantly, you will be healthier, which is an attractive quality since it shows that you care about yourself. You can go for a walk or a run in your neighborhood, or you can join a gym. Use pump products after you lift weights to build muscles and maximize your effort. For the best results, try to work out five times a week. Perhaps your prospective partner will want to go with you if the first date goes well.

Focus on Hygiene

It’s always important to practice good hygiene. Failing to properly clean your body can lead to infections and diseases. Additionally, if you look dirty or smell bad, your date will not want to see you again. Shower at least once a day, particularly after your workout. Make sure to use a brand of shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair texture and style. While scents and perfumes can be nice, do not use too many or they will combine unpleasantly. Don’t forget to follow your dentist’s suggestions; brush and floss after each meal and use an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent gingivitis and other diseases.

Get Your Sleep

After a few nights of not enough sleep, you have bags under your eyes and your face feels puffy. You can’t focus on conversations and all that you want to do is go to bed. Don’t let exhaustion ruin your first date. Make an effort to get eight hours of sleep every night. If getting enough sleep is new for you, establish a routine so that your body will get used to falling asleep at a certain time. For example, take a shower and have a cup of tea half an hour before bed. Try turning off your phone and other screens for at least an hour before bedtime so that you can fall asleep quickly. Avoid distressing conversations, movies or news at night. If you find that you are still struggling with sleep, talk to your doctor. You may have insomnia or another sleep-related condition.

Destress Your Body

Like a lack of sleep, stress can make you look sick and sap your energy. Before you go on your first date, address any issues that are stressing you out so that you can have a good time. Some problems cannot be completely resolved immediately. For example, if you are worried because a loved one is sick or you might lose your job, you will probably feel a little anxious. However, a therapist will help you to deal with these issues productively. He or she will give you tips on how to set aside your stress and focus on what is going on around you. In more serious cases, he or she may prescribe medication for you. While therapy can be an uncomfortable process, it will help you to be healthier, more relaxed at your date and better prepared for a partner.

As you get your body ready for your first date, find routines and self-care techniques that are sustainable for your daily life. Not only do you want to impress your date, but you also want to be healthier and happier with your own appearance.