I don’t know about you but just the thought of a first date or even joining a dating site fills me with dread. Uploading a dating profile or walking into a blind date takes an awful lot of courage. You are essentially throwing yourself in at the deep end and it’s up to you, and only you, to take control of whether you embrace the moment and swim with the current or try and get back onto dry land. Done right, dating can be the most wonderful thing in the world. All you need to do is take control of your love life and go about it in a way which is comfortable for you, that’s why I strongly recommend that you date locally.
Why should you date locally? Well, for a start, there are the logistical advantages such as minimal travelling and costs. You also eliminate the stress and strain of long-distance relationships. For people, like me, who struggle with mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression, the process of dating can be gut-wrenching. Dating has the ability to have a negative impact on our mental health if we do not carefully consider our dating options. For me personally, the thought of joining a nationwide dating site is out of the question, putting myself out there, in front of a huge audience, is something I can’t bring myself to do.
However, I am willing to date locally. You are probably wondering why I feel so differently about local dating and here is why…
In my opinion, local dating, although still terrifying, is the best dating route to take. For those who struggle with anxiety, meeting someone in a location which is familiar to both parties provides a sense of security and reassurance. Minimal travelling coupled with familiar surroundings alongside somebody who is also within familiar surroundings reduces any date related anxieties. By remaining close to home, we can easily take control of the duration and activity we partake in with a potential new partner. It’s all about moving at a pace that you can cope with.
Furthermore, I feel as if the local dating scene has been thoroughly nurtured during recent years. There are a whole host of dating sites available for a huge percentage of counties and cities in the UK. Love Cornwall Singles could help you find love amongst the beautiful scenery of Cornwall. I’d love nothing more than to dabble in a spot of Cornwall dating – it’s my favourite part of the country. I have fond memories of Watergate Bay and would love to revisit one day.
Those who live in more built up areas of the country haven’t been forgotten. Northampton dating site helps those looking for love in and around Northampton. Sites similar to Love Northamptonshire Singles are available with just a quick search. I find the thought of finding love on a local dating site far more comforting than on a nationwide dating site, something about not ‘casting the net’ so wide, sticking within an area that brings both the comfort of home and sense of adventure that comes with familiarity, reassures me greatly.
Taking control of my love life isn’t just about controlling who I meet and when, it’s about looking after myself during the process. If dating terrifies you as much as it terrifies me, you should deeply consider choosing to date locally.