If dating has become routine to you because you are seeing the same people going to the same places and doing the same things, it may be time to end the boredom and spice up your dating life. Here are 5 ways to escape a dating rut.
Make New Friends. Since we meet many of our dating partners through friends, one way to break out of a dating rut is to actively seek ways to meet new people. For example, you might join a book club, take part in a charity event, or join a new gym. Whatever you do, be sure that it is of real interest and benefit to you personally, since genuine enthusiasm is an attractive quality that can help to draw others to you.
Try New things. Trying new things not only can be fun and educational, but it is a great way to meet new people who share your interests and possible to spice up your dating life at the same time. Is there something you have always dreamed of doing? Well, there’s no better time than now, so go for it: take a yoga class, learn French, try sky diving for the first time, audition for a part in your neighborhood theater’s company’s next production, or run for your local school board.
Check Out an Online Dating Service. Ask friends and family about their online dating experiences and get their recommendations for the most reliable and respected services in your area. You may be surprised to learn how many people you know have used these services successfully. Once you’ve identified the best online dating option, fill out an application and take the plunge.
Go on a Blind Date or Two. For many people, blind dates have all the appeal of a root canal, but if you keep an open mind, a blind date can get you out of your dating rut and could even turn into a long-term relationship. Only go on blind dates with individuals recommended by someone you trust. Some people prefer meeting a blind date for coffee or a drink rather than for a full-fledged dinner or movie date, so that if the chemistry clearly isn’t there, the encounter can be short and sweet. Another option is a double date with the friend who is introducing you to your blind date. And, of course, for those bold enough to go it alone, there is the solo blind date.
Take the Initiative. One way to escape a dating rut is to take the initiative to spice up your dating life. Maybe that cute barista who serves you your latte every morning would enjoy sharing a coffee and a blueberry muffin on his day off or maybe that new neighbor with the bike rack on her car would enjoy exploring the local bike trail with you. You’ll never know if you don’t ask, so take the initiative, introduce yourself, and go for it.