How to rē•spin Your Outlook on Relationships in 2021 from Two Dating Coaches
Dating and relationships are hard on any normal day, let alone amid a pandemic.
With so much of our lives stripped away, we’ve all gone back to basics. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! The things we valued before may be on a temporary pause, but the ever-present distractions in our lives are gone now, too. The more you distract yourself with everything happening around you, it takes away time for you to look within. There’s no running away to hide from yourself and avoid doing the work to become your best self and attract the best.
We’re also not interacting with people the same way as before. The pandemic has cut out the opportunity for organic meet-cutes. Being confined to our homes has affected everyone differently, but has also brought us together in many ways. We’re all more vulnerable now, shrouded in uncertainty without the magic answers at our fingertips. Our cravings for connection are stronger now, longing for the simple things to forge an authentic connection.
With external distractions removed, it’s the perfect time to connect on a deeper level.
Start from within
Before you seek a partner and go on your journey to find a new relationship, it’s important to look within and make sure that your perspective aligns with the love you’re looking to manifest. Bree Jenkins, a dating coach, and licensed marriage and family therapist, says that it’s key to have a love for yourself and find that natural passion and zest that will help you connect to those you’re looking to attract.
“The more you’re excited about yourself and love yourself, the easier it will be to attract someone who feels the same way,” she explains. “If you need to do some personal work, start it, but don’t wait until you’re ‘perfect’ to get out there and be available for love.”
2021 is the year of being excited about you and embracing the love you have for yourself, too.
As Jenkins says, “There’s no reason 2021 can’t be your year for love, so show up for yourself and your dreams.”
Understand what you want
It’s easy to get caught up and forget to take a beat to relax and reflect. Now more than ever, we can see our true desires more vividly in our vulnerable states. Before you make your first step into a new relationship, take a moment to think about what you truly want before you even start looking.
“When you don’t know what type of person and relationship you’re attracting, you won’t know to maximize the opportunities in front of you accordingly,” she explains. “The result is defaulting to bad patterns unconsciously and producing the same predictable and undesirable results.”
Release your expectations
One of the most effective shifts we can make to change our perspectives when it comes to relationships is to release any expectations you’ve set in your head. Moreck says, “Many people confuse needs with expectations, and this causes a huge disconnect. The irony is when your expectations are released, space is created for the other person to invest more in you.”
When you’re forging new connections, you have to be clear about what you need and how you communicate that to your partner. After that, you have to trust that they will come through. Moreck says they may not do it perfectly, but you’ll be able to get more out of those relationships when you appreciate their effort.
Strengthen the way you connect
When it comes to starting a new year, it’s out with the old, and in with the new. That counts for dating methodologies too. We have to leave bad dating and interpersonal habits in the past and adopt newer, healthier mentalities to shift our perspectives and open ourselves up more this year.
Jenkins and Moreck both agree that vague communication, as well as the complete lack thereof, should be ditched instead of a healthier communication pattern. You have to be honest about who and what you’re looking for. If you don’t feel the connection, it’s best to be upfront rather than deflecting.
“We are more resilient than we give each other credit for,” Moreck says. “Clarity helps us move on, even when the truth hurts. Give others the gift of clarity.”
Build a supportive community
Sometimes surrounding yourself with the right people is the best change in your life that you can make for many things, including your perspective on relationships. Jenkins suggests finding the people in your life who are uplifting and motivate you to believe that love is available, lasting, and healthy.
She challenges anyone who seeks out negative places and conversations centered on love to ask themselves, “How does this help me?” If you’re engaging in negative perspectives about romance, your love life will reflect that. What you put out into the universe is what you receive back.
Most importantly, she suggests finding spaces filled with like-minded people where you can feel inspired and challenged to grow into a healthier version of yourself.