Healthy RelationshipsMental Well-Being

The Cost of Loving

January 30, 2023
Illustrated picture of someone swiping left and right on dating apps.

There can be a lot of strain around dating. The stress, the financial strain—all of it can seem so overwhelming that it prevents you from even getting into the dating scene to begin with. But don’t let these things discourage you. There are plenty of ways to navigate the modern dating scene, and we’re here to help you get through it.

Self-care can pave the way.

It can be difficult to rejoin the dating scene after a relationship ends, but one way you can feel your best for that big date is to make sure you’re being your best. And that means taking care of yourself with some good old-fashioned self-care. Taking care of your skin, eating healthy, and taking time to look after your mental health are all great ways to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward as you head out into the dating world.

Navigating dating apps can be tricky.

These days, it feels like there’s just a slew of dating apps to choose from. And those dating apps can be even more daunting if you’ve never been part of the online dating scene before. The important thing to remember when navigating the online dating world is to keep your options open. Just because there are tons of apps doesn’t mean you have to try every single one. Do a bit of research on the different options out there and find the one that matches what you’re looking for. 

There are plenty of people to choose from, too. And you don’t have to go on a date with every person you match with. Take the time to explore and find the right fit for you.

But what about the cost?

As inflation continues to rise, dating is getting more and more expensive. Between going out on dates, finding engaging activities, splurging for nice meals, and so much more, it can be tricky to make sure your wallet is as happy in this new relationship as you are. 

Cost-effective dating ideas can still be super fun. For example, instead of going out to dinner, try cooking at home with your partner instead. When the weather warms up, you can even make a picnic out of it. 

You can also go to the library together and find books to read, and you can enjoy one another’s company by reading together during these dreary winter months. 

Or, if going out for drinks is too much for your wallet, you can become a modern mixologist at home. You can even try the latest trend of alcohol-free cocktails.

At the end of the day, dating can be scary and a little overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as you think. There are plenty of ways to jump into that dating pool and make a splash in your own way.