You just nibbled through an entire bar of dark chocolate. Your divorce papers are finally signed. You are 55, single and thinking about dating. The last time you had a first date, you wore jackets with shoulder pads and permed your hair. You are "out there" again, and the dating world has changed a lot since the eighties. I'm divorced too and can empathize.
I was a dating disaster since I wasn't truly ready.
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Starting to date again can be an overwhelming experience. My self-esteem was damaged and I felt stuck. I needed to work through my personal issues before I could be successful in dating. Fortunately, I had the help of a wonderful professional counselor who helped me move forward.
Many women go straight to their girlfriends for advice on dating and relationships when a professional source is needed. An unbiased professional -- someone who sees issues objectively -- is a better choice.
A coach will tell you the truth about your readiness to date. A well-meaning friend may not be so honest. My advice is, before you join the dating boomers, seek out professional help from a trained counselor or coach like myself. In this case, you need a coach more than you need to eat another chocolate bar with a girlfriend! Being afraid to go solo: Solo is the way to go when you are looking to meet someone to date. Although we love being with our girlfriends, constantly traveling with a group of gal pals is a recipe for disaster.
I know it takes time to feel comfortable traveling alone, so you need to practice. I suggest taking a class, going to a show, concert, movie or opera alone.
Take yourself out for dinner and sit near the bar area. If you're feeling confident, have dinner at the bar.Dating After Divorce: Single Parent Problems: Dating advice for women
If you spot someone of interest, catch his eye for a few seconds and smile. Perhaps he will come over and introduce himself. If he doesn't, count it as practice. A woman alone is approachable, confident and mysterious. The more you practice going out alone, the easier it is.
I tell clients, if you want to meet an interesting man, be an interesting woman. Remember, men are attracted to women who are independent and fun -- women who have interesting lives of their own. Being someone other than your "genuine self" on a first date: Talking about work may feel safe, but it's not a good first date conversation.
If you had a bad day, stay home unless you can bring a positive, approachable attitude along. Before going out, I put on some upbeat or romantic music, dance by myself in my home and think happy thoughts. I leave my past in the past.
If you don't have time to go home prior, dress for work in something "dateable" like a wrap dress, a pencil skirt, or a fabulous sweater or satin blouse that makes you feel pretty. Focus on a positive mood, be aware of your posture and stand tall. Add your favorite perfume, freshen your makeup and hair and smile. Your smile is always your most important beauty accessory and a welcoming appearance enhancer. Breaking plans to date: It's a mistake to break plans with girlfriends or alter your schedule if dating conflicts occur.
Men don't change their schedules and you shouldn't either. Do keep doing what you enjoy and incorporate new experiences into a broadening social scene. Being divorced can actually be a huge advantage out in the dating world. The fact that a man is divorced tells women something very important. It tells them that at one time he was willing to commit his life to another person.
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He was willing to commit to this other person and tried to make it work. Guys who are dating after divorce know the effort and work it takes to keep a relationship going. Unlike other guys who run off the moment a relationship hits a bump in the road, men who have been married have had to work through plenty of difficult times.
Women know the guy who has been married will at least try to work through any difficulties that might arise. This more relaxed approach to dating will make a guy come across as both more confident and more fun to be with than the guys desperately searching for that perfect girl.
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A guy who was once married knows what a real relationship is all about. He knows how to share his life with another person. Younger women, and women who are not inclined for anything serious, can be more attracted to divorced men as well. A divorcee is someone who can teach her a thing or two about relationships. And women like a guy who can bring a new perspective into their world. Yet another reason divorcees have an advantage is that they tend to have a better idea of what it is they are looking for.
They have a much clearer picture of the type of woman they want as well as what they want from a relationship. This selectivity alone will immediately make the divorcee more attractive.