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First date dread? 5 ways to end your dating drought this winter

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First date dread? Given up on online dating? Fitafy’s relationship expert, Charlene Douglas reveals 5 ways to end your dating drought this winter 

Winter is here, the evenings become darker earlier and it can be a particularly lonely time for many single people.

If you were lucky enough to find your perfect partner during the summer months, then winter is the perfect time to have those romantic nights at home cuddling in front of a log fire.

There are many single people hoping to meet a special someone this winter

Unfortunately, some single people didn’t quite find their Romeo or Juliet this summer and may have given up hope.

But all is not lost. There are many single people hoping to meet a special someone this winter, so here are my top 5 tips to meeting your new lover this winter.

#1 Try online dating

Whilst many people will be staying at home in the warmth of their house this winter, this usually means that single people will be downloading their favourite dating app.

Fitafy is the perfect choice for those singletons looking to meet a partner who’s interested in health and fitness. Remember though to choose some of your best pictures for your profile.

How about a picture of yourself at the gym or taking part in a charity run? It can sometimes feel impossible to know what to write on your profile.

How about telling your potential partner about some type of adventure that you have taken part in this year and the reasons why you did it.

Remember a great way to show your fun side (other than fab pictures) is by adding a flirty line, such as ‘I absolutely love hiking with my dog. Hey maybe next time you can join us ;)’.

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#2 Get out and about

Now, I know that UK winters can be super cold, but when you’re single, you don’t want to miss out on your opportunity to meet your new partner.

Maybe you’re hoping that the next time your doorbell rings it will be the love of your life telling you that they’ve knocked every door on your street to find you! Unfortunately for most people life doesn’t quite work like that.

Try to schedule at least two to three outings every week. They don’t have to be big events, but anything from going to a local bar, library, supermarket, park and so on – provides you with opportunities to meet different people.

You never know who you might meet.

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#3 Find a hobby

How about finding a hobby that you absolutely love? You don’t want to find a hobby that you’re doing simply with the hope of meeting someone, because if it doesn’t quite work out that way, you may find yourself feeling quite disappointed.

If you love to dance, then registering with a salsa or street dance class is a fantastic way to stay in shape, have fun and of course meet new people.

Some of these classes provide after parties, so if you had your eyes on someone during your class, you can swing your hips over to them during the party.

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#4 Make it known that you are seeking a partner

I’m sure that you have friends in relationships who know other single people. They may never remember to recommend them to you, because you haven’t made it known to them that being in a relationship is something that is really important to you.

You never know if your best friend’s husband’s work colleague has confided in them that they’re feeling a bit lonely and would love to be in a relationship and there you are looking amazing with a fabulous personality at home telling no-one that you want to be in a relationship.

There’s no shame in feeling ready to fall in love. We’ve all been there!

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#5 Use social media to your advantage

So, a gorgeous person has just followed you on Instagram. You’ve never met them before, but you love their profile picture. What do you do? Yes, that’s right follow them back.

If they catch the bait and say ‘hi’, then great, but if they don’t, what’s stopping you from sending them a ‘Hey, how you doing?’ message. They followed you first, so the likelihood is that they are interested in you. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Now comes the investigative work to find out if they are actually single. You could have so much fun with this type of interaction – if of course they’re actually single!

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