For instance, it is likely that you will feel more anxious if you view dating as a challenging task, place pressure on yourself to find an ideal partner quickly, believe that every date is supposed to go well or view yourself as inadequate or unlovable.
On the other hand, if you view dating as a fun experience with expected ups and downs, feel that you are deserving of love and believe that you will find the right person in time, your anxiety level is likely to decrease.
Focus on your breathing while telling yourself something calming, comforting and kind.
Put on some music that makes you feel good, wear something that you feel attractive in and focus on the confident parts of you.
Positive and affirmative statements such as, “I can handle this,” I am strong and courageous,” and “I am open to this experience,” are powerful in anxiety management.
Updated to add: The use of the term ‘single mother’ is not exactly accurate.
Having a child out of wedlock is pretty much the number one thing you can do to fuck up your life.
If you are a mother and you are collecting child support, you are not a single mother.
The rest of us who have to LIVE with your fucked up, emotionally scarred children will PAY you to have a fucking abortion.
It is human nature to be nervous in a new situation with a new person.
The key to managing dating anxiety is to resist allowing it to control you, hijack your date or prevent you from dating if it is love that you are looking for.