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Dating after the age of 50 feels different than dating at a younger age, however it’s no less of a challenge and just as much fun. If you’re feeling apprehensive, how do you go about combating the fear of dating if you’ve been off the market for a long while?
Believe you can
Plenty of people date in their 50s and there are lots of ways to meet people with the same set of experiences as you. If you’ve been in a long-term relationship, it might feel strange to consider dating again. However, it can also be an exciting experience. There are lots of people waiting to meet you, so start believing it’s possible.
Accept it will be different
It’s not just our appearances that change as we get older. We accumulate a wealth of life experiences that have to be taken into account as we enter new relationships. This can be good or bad but it’s certainly interesting. Don’t be too closed-off to meeting someone different.
Nowadays, Internet dating is a great way to meet someone new. On websites like eHarmony (www.eharmony.com.au), you can easily set up a personal profile and search for people who are the same age as you in your local area. It’s also a good way to ease yourself into dating again if you’re feeling scared.
Get out and about
The same truths still apply to dating in your fifties as in your twenties — meeting new people through friends or by joining a club or class still works. In fact, your long-term married friends may well relish the challenge of finding you someone new. Let them know you’re looking and then let them do all the work!
Spend time alone
Dating can take lots of energy and you might experience a few knock-backs and duff dates on the way. Be kind to yourself and take a break whenever you feel like it. Spending time alone is very important in conducting a meaningful search for love.
If you have any friends who are also dating at an older age (click here to find out more), get together and share your experiences. It will help you to feel that you’re not alone, and there’s nothing like a bad date story shared between friends.
If you don’t have any single friends, try to expand your social circle with a few new commitments every now and then. After all, dating is as much about making new acquaintances as finding romance — today’s bad date could be tomorrow’s friend.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received compensation for publishing it.