Apprehension can strike down the most seasoned dater but, luckily, there are ways to beat it.
In a TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy advises standing tall and open in times of stress, as such ‘power stances’ can raise levels of testosterone and cortisol, boosting confidence and quelling nerves.
They can be nerve-wracking, exciting and, if they go well, they can be the start of something truly great.
But what, exactly is it that makes a date ‘go well?
Another way to ease pre-date nerves is to follow basic safety precautions.
Dating Coach Ronnie Ann Ryan recommends that you only date in a public place, that you have your own transport sorted in advance, and that you tell a trusted friend where you are going and who with (calling them during the date to confirm that everything is fine).