put Down your phone!
It’s rude when you’re on a date— even with yourself. And using it as a social crutch won’t help you enjoy the moment. “Our phones tend to function as security blankets. We rely on them as a way to deflect anxiety,” explains Sharon Begley, author of Can’t Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions. Practice going phone- free in everyday gatherings to remind your brain that anxiety is manageable. Then you’ll be more relaxed when you’re out alone.