AD // Love, dating and relationships are for everyone, regardless of age, sex, race and location. We often associate online dating with a younger generation but there are dating sites available for all types of people. Dating when you’re older might feel more daunting but getting yourself back out there into the world of dating can be incredibly exciting!

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If you’re dating as an older person, there’s probably a reason why. Perhaps you just haven’t found the right person yet and you’ve been perfectly content with being on your own up until now. Maybe you went through a divorce earlier in your life and you feel like it’s the right time to get back out there and meet someone new

Or perhaps sadly you’ve suffered a bereavement and are ready to dip your toes into the dating waters again. If this is the case, there are sites such as Widows or Widowers which supports and encourages widows and widowers back into the world of dating. Widows or Widowers has been established since 2004 and aids those who have lost a partner in finding someone new.

A specific widows dating site could be exactly what you need if you’re in that situation. Finding someone new who understands what you’re going through could be an amazing step back into the world of dating and finding new friendships and companions. Widow dating doesn’t need to be taboo or shameful, as long as it’s right for you, that’s all that matters. It’s important to find a high quality widow dating site that puts your needs first.

If you’re in a position where you’re ready to start dating again as an older person, after a break-up, divorce or bereavement, then here are 6 tips to help you feel more at ease:

Figure out exactly what you’re looking for

You’ll want to know exactly what you’re looking for in regards to relationships and the person in question. Are you looking to get into something serious or do you just want some companionship? What sort of personality do you fit best with? Are you looking for someone adventurous or more laid-back? Figure these things out before you start dating!

Set your standards high and stick to them

And you should definitely stick to you standards and don’t drop them for anyone. It’s all very well being physically attracted to a person but if they have a complete opposite personality to you and you have nothing in common? There’s not much point pursuing the relationship further.

Try both online and offline dating

If you’re an older person, you might have never tried online dating before. Online dating is huge and provides a lot of success when it comes to meeting people, so even if you’ve never done it before, it’s worth giving it a go! If you are a widow or widower looking to get back into dating, sites like Widows or Widowers can help you with that.

Practice personal safety 

Regardless of your age and how you date, everyone needs to know and practice personal safety on dates. You need to tell someone where you’re going with an online date, have a back-up plan in case you need to leave and obviously never give out personal information to someone you’ve only met online.

Have fun with it

Try and think of it as a fun new adventure. Dating can be anxiety-provoking for everyone but particularly so if you’re getting back in the game after a long period of time. Open your mind to possibilities and even if a date goes wrong then at least you have the experience in your pocket and a funny story to tell your friends!

Don’t feel pressured into anything

And finally you absolutely shouldn’t be made to feel pressured into anything. From meeting up before your ready, to having sex before you’re ready, to becoming official before you’re ready. It can be terrifying opening your life, heart and body to someone else after a long period of time, so don’t let any a-hole who doesn’t respect your boundaries ruin that!

I’d love to hear what tips you have for dating – particularly dating when you’re older. Leave them in the comments below!

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