If you’ve been single for a while, you know how tough it is to put yourself out there again. But if you want to find someone to be with eventually, you need to get back on that horse and try, for precisely one hour, until you give up again. Here are the best ways to get back in there for an hour and then be like, “NOPE, never mind!”
Start by taking a risk.
When it comes to dating, don’t be afraid to fail! Go up to that appealing stranger, or maybe someone you’ve had your eye on at work, and strike up a conversation. It may seem scary, but that’s just because it is terrifying! Fortunately, putting yourself out there will immediately make you forget all the reasons you are sick of being alone. This is the perfect way to get yourself back in the mix for 60 minutes before you retreat back into the safe little masturbation cave you call your room.
Go for someone who’s not your type!
Maybe you’re having trouble dating because you only let yourself be attracted to one kind of person. Try to open yourself up to other possibilities, even though it will painfully remind you of exactly why you have a type in the first place. This is the best way to get back into the dating pool and promptly drown!
Download every dating app.
Sure, you’ve already got Tinder on the last page of your phone, but if you really want to make a dent in the dating game, download every other app: Bumble, Hinge, Her, the one they always advertise on Facebook, the one for celebrities, the intimidating kinky one…get them all! After exactly one hour of swiping, you should get at least one message that will shake you to your core, and congrats! You’re done with dating for at least another three to six months!
Look up local singles events.
If online dating’s got you down, try attending an in-person event. From bowling to cocktail hours, you can definitely find one that fits your needs. The open bar will close in exactly one hour. Congrats, you tried!
One final tip: don’t text your most judgmental relatives during that hour to let them know that you’re technically trying. They don’t have to know that you will abruptly stop trying in 59 minutes. Don’t worry, you’ll forget about this scary hour of your life in no time!