Ask Kari: How do I start dating again during the stay at home order?

Dear Kari,

Help! I have been cooped up in my home for the past two months during the stay-at-home order and want to start dating again. How do I go about it without going crazy for any human contact?

– Cooped Up and Interested

Dear Cooped Up and Interested,

Many of us feel a strong pull for human contact at this time in history. I know the healthcare crisis has changed all our
lives and has impacted the ability for people to pursue meeting someone special and begin dating. For now, I think you should focus on connecting with someone online who has a similar way of looking at and living life. Clues can be found in their dating profile, as well as the life choices they made. Take the time to get to know them via email/phone correspondence, then maybe try a brief video chat. If that goes well, when it is safe to meet in person, set up an outdoor coffee date in the park and go from there. Good luck and remember a good relationship does not have to be rushed, it moves along naturally through the draw of interest and chemistry.

– Kari

As published in the June 2020 issue of Connections.


About Kari:

Kari O’Neill, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a resident of Issaquah Highlands.

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