10 Dating Tips Women Over 50 NEED to Follow

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Know what you want.

Best Dating Tips for Women Over 50

Dating doesn't get any easier, even as you age.

To all the singles over 50 who are reading this, we see you, we hear you, we understand you. Whether you've been single for quite some time or have recently ended a relationship, getting back out into the dating pool is more difficult than we'd like to admit.

There are a handful of things you can do, however, that will make the act somewhat less daunting. You might not know what those things are, but we do.

Scroll below for the best dating tips for women over 50 now!

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Write Down What You Want

It isn't enough just to know what you want, write it down somewhere. List everything you're looking for in a partner, so you and the other people you start seeing have a better idea of what you want. Write it into existence. You may say you want something serious, but then end up settling for a casual fling. When you write it down, what you're seeking in a relationship becomes more real and tangible. Compromises are always a part of any relationship, but you shouldn't have to compromise on the relationship you want.

Don't Hold Yourself Back

It's so easy to hide close ourselves off to love. We have about 50 excuses on hand for when someone inquires why we aren't seeing anyone or even putting ourselves out there. Truth is, that only hurts us. Yes, dating is difficult and scary and terrifying, but it's also amazing and can allow you to meet the right person. You can't exactly do that if you claim you're too busy to date all the time. Newsflash: No one is too busy. If you want to make time, you will.

Let Go of Your Past

Your past is your past, leave it there. Appreciate it and learn from it, but don't drag it along with you everywhere. No one wants to hear about all the past trauma that led you down this past, trust us. It may seem fun to discuss damaging past events on a first date, but it is in fact not. Maybe you'll find someone who wants to hear all about it, but we highly doubt it.

Get on the Apps

Tinder and Bumble aren't just for the young folk—oh no. Anyone and everyone is free to use them, so long as you're over the age of 18. You're reading this post, so we're assuming you are.

If apps aren't your thing, there are plenty of dating sites for singles over 50 that could very well help you find "the one." It couldn't hurt to create a profile on them, even if it's just to see what's out there.

Be Confident

You're not in your 20s anymore. And while dating is still tough, you're a much more confident human than you once were back then. You've likely fully embraced who you are and what you have to offer, so don't dim your light. Be the confident women you know you are, even when sometimes you're unsure of what's going on in your life. As the saying goes, fake it till you make it. Just not in the bedroom.

Practice Safe Sex

Speaking of the bedroom, you still should be practicing safe sex as you get older. You might not have to worry about an unplanned pregnancy as much, but anyone at any age can acquire an STD. When in doubt, wrap it up.

Involve Others

Yes, this is your dating life, but that doesn't mean you should ice out your family and friends. When you're ready to get back out there, let them know. They may even have a few potential suitors in mind. The only way to get set up on a date with them is to tell your loved ones you're looking to do just that.

That being said, your family and friends don't need to know every detail of your dating life. Only share what you feel comfortable discussing.

Don't Rush It

You don't go on one date with someone and then realize five minutes in they're the one you've been searching for this whole time. It may happen in the movies, but not that often in real life. The best thing you can do to ensure you have success with dating is take your time. Enjoy the ride a bit and don't put all your eggs in one basket. Keep your options open, ladies. Always.

Take a Break When Necessary

You might want to keep dating until you've just about exhausted your search and found exactly who you're looking for. But dating takes a lot out of us, so don't feel as though you can't take a few breaks here and there. You don't need to plan a date every single night of the week. Be sure to schedule a little me time, too.

Embrace This Experience

Dating is tricky, but it can also be so much fun. Though you'll have your bad days, going into dating with a positive mindset will always help you have a better experience. If you think about the situation negatively, then you won't have any fun at all mingling with other singles over 50.

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