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17 Actually Helpful Dating Tips For Anyone Dealing With Anxiety

Sometimes Nutella and a good snuggle cures all.

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1. If you're socially anxious, try online dating — it takes away a huge amount of pressure.

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"You get to avoid those awkward nights where you're like, 'I wonder if I'll even meet anyone at this bar.'"

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5. But don't force yourself into anything! If you don't feel comfortable, they're not for you.

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6. There are simple ways to relax your mind before a romantic evening, like listening to music you love.

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"Pick a song you know you love by your favorite band, and take a few deep breaths while listening."

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8. If you can't find the words to explain to your S.O. how you're feeling, try a different method, like writing a letter.

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"The letters have helped him understand how my mind works, and makes it easier for us to communicate."

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13. Let your partner know that anxiety attacks are unpredictable and there aren't always a reason for them.

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15. Know that while you need support, you can't rely on your S.O to be your backbone.

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"Anxiety disorders take lots of self work."

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