"Have a plan, have back up plans, and have alternate plans.Depending on how well you and your date get along, you will want to have the ability to upgrade or downgrade your date at any time," Gray offered.Was there a new bar you've been dying to peek into?Or a stand-up show you've heard amazing things about?Conversation will feel more natural, you aren't forced to gaze into a stranger's eyes, and you're surrounded by loads of natural distractions," Lester points out.It'll make the situation feel more casual and less stressful.Samantha Burns, Licensed Counselor and Dating Coach, shares with Bustle via email, "Remember that your date needs to fit comfortably into your life.Instead of getting caught up in wanting to be desired, take a mental step back and ask yourself if you even like the person sitting across from you.
"Have a quick drink with a mate before the date so you relax, and act more like your normal self.
It's a way to make new friends, explore your city, and maybe find a catch that you can write about in your diary later that week.
Below are 11 tips on how to make dating fun and not stressful — enjoy your time out!
"If you go for drinks or dinner it can end up feeling like an interview.
Instead, do something active, where you're walking around, side by side.