Dating during the holidays can be tricky. It’s one of the most popular times to get engaged. And it’s also one of the most popular times to break up. If you’re starting to date someone new during the holidays, be aware of plenty of pitfalls like moving too fast, adding to holiday-related stress. What’s more, lonely singles are more likely to seek out the comfort of your company. How do you protect yourself while securing a chance to succeed at dating during the holidays? In this post, international certified matchmaker and founder of The Matchmaker UK, Lara Besbrode serves up her expert tips.

Beware of winter dating trends like snow globing
It may come as no surprise that Christmas is the loneliest day for singles, according to a survey of 1,500 single British adults. Snow globing is a holiday dating trend akin to cuffing season. A potential partner engages in love bombing and gives the impression they want a serious relationship. This is swiftly followed by a change in behaviour – usually disengagement and ghosting once the holidays are over. “Our clients don’t have to worry about snow globing, ghosting, or cuffing season. All potential matches are vetted and seeking long-term, lasting relationships,” adds Lara Besbrode, international certified matchmaker.

Don’t move too fast
With holiday parties and celebrations, it can be tempting to spend more time together. But if you’re dating someone new, be cautious of prematurely introducing someone new to friends and family. Crossing milestones too early can make you feel more bonded than you are – leading you to crash and burn too soon. Dating is a marathon – not a sprint!

Manage expectations
The early stages of a relationship flood your brain with feel-good chemicals – leading you to do things you might regret later. For starters, don’t splurge on an expensive gift, especially if you’ve been dating for under three months.

Be gentle
Similarly, keep in mind that the holidays are a stressful time for new relationships. Owing to the added pressure and expectations, it’s important to not let the holidays get in the way of your budding romance. 44% of women and 31% of men reported that their stress levels were higher than usual over the holidays. Stress fuels fatigue, leading to poor emotional regulation. Arguments and fights are more likely when one (or both of you) are stressed! Remember to cut each other some slack and be kind. Pressure during the holiday season is a major contributor to relationship breakdown during the holiday season. if you want to take your dating skills to the next level and give your relationship the chance to succeed.

Work with a matchmaker
Dating someone new during the holidays can be nerve-wracking and stressful. Take the stress out of the equation by turning to an expert matchmaker like Lara Besbrode. As the founder of an award-winning and premium introductions agency, Lara and her team of dating experts help discerning clientele connect with hand-selected matches. With common dating trends like snow globing, cuffing and ghosting, having a dedicated matchmaker on your side can be time-saving and rewarding. Ultimately, helping you meet your match of a lifetime is our passion! Get in touch with Lara Besbrode and The Matchmaker UK team now.