Dating is a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times, throw into the mix a pandemic and navigating the awkwardness of social distancing, and it’s understandably a slightly less relaxed affair.
Dating app Hinge says it found that one in three of its users had talked themselves out of having a date due to nerves.
So in a bid to help soothe pre-date jitters and manage feelings of self-doubt or negativity before a date, it has teamed up with guided meditation app Headspace to provide short meditations for users ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10.
There are two meditations, each five to six minutes long. Choose from Pre-Date Nerves, designed to make sure jitters don’t get the better of you, and Your Inner Voice, aimed at helping you quiet negative and self-critical thoughts so that you can try to chill out and enjoy the date.
“At Hinge, we know taking care of your mental health and wellbeing is crucial to creating a meaningful connection, and over these past few months, singles have been feeling more anxious. Having personally dealt with addiction and substance abuse, mental wellbeing is a topic I’m deeply passionate about for not only myself but our Hinge community,” said Justin McLeod, Founder and CEO of Hinge.
“We want our users to be calm and relaxed when connecting with each other, so it was a no-brainer to partner with Headspace to develop the first-ever meditations for daters.”
The meditations will be available from October 6 on hinge.co/headspace.