“I’m too busy to date right now”

What with long working hours, traffic, trying to squeeze in workouts at the gym and keeping up with friends and family, it’s no wonder that many women feel like they’re too busy to date!

And we’re not only talking about single women…

Women in committed, long-term relationships struggle just as much to carve time out of their busy schedules to ‘date’ their partner. Throw kids into the mix, and the idea of ‘date night’ seems almost impossible!

But, dating is important. Creating meaningful connections is important. Reconnecting with your loved one is important.

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Here are three ways to bring romance into your fast-paced, ‘too busy to date’ life:

1. Re-think ‘dating’…

With the cost of living sky-rocketing, it’s easy to be put off ‘dating’ – because dinner and movie seem like unnecessary ways to spend money.

A date night, however, doesn’t have to cost ‘muchos moola’, if anything at all!

Too often we are boxed in by the way we think dating and date night ‘should be’ when the only thing that matters is that you take time out of your responsibilities to get to know someone new or rekindle your mojo with someone you love!

Snuggle up in front of the TV, play a board game or whip up something together in the kitchen – it is after all not what you do, but who you do it with that counts!

It’s so easy to reschedule, and before you know it; months have passed and you still haven’t had that coffee, seen that movie, or been to that restaurant

2. …but don’t overthink it

We know that when you’re single, it can seem daunting to put yourself out there. We’re over-thinkers by nature, and as such, attach big expectations to dating and subsequent budding relationships.

Will you ever find someone that you click with? And if you do, will it work out? Will he want marriage and kids? What if you don’t get along with his friends or family?

If the thought of dating overwhelms you, try take it down a notch: While it’s always good to keep the bigger picture in mind, there’s nothing wrong with living in the moment, and taking things ‘date by date’.

If it’s meant to be, it will happen naturally, without you having to overthink it!

3. Once you’ve committed, don’t back out!

Once you’ve committed to having dinner (or coffee) with someone new or set a night aside for ‘date night’, do not back out.

It’s so easy to reschedule, and before you know it, months have passed and you still haven’t had that coffee, seen that movie, or been to that restaurant.

If you’re single, you never know what you’re missing out on by rescheduling – you might be putting off the love of your life and not know it. If you’re ready for a relationship, then you need to treat dating as a priority in your life – and make time for it – no matter how busy you are!

For those in a committed relationship, your partner should already (and always!) be your number-one priority – so treat it like that.