Have First Date Jitters? Sing a Ballad & Calm Your Nerves!
Ah, first dates. If you're one of those people that has a pit in their stomach the entire day leading up to the date, you're not alone — the people who aren't nervous are the weird ones, guys. You can see it now: You're trying to answer your date's questions and show them how awesome you are, but how are you supposed to open your mouth when word vomit (or actual vomit) is about to come out? If you're picturing that scene from Mean Girls happening to you within the first ten minutes of your date, don't freak — just sing.
Yes, we said sing. (No, we're not suggesting singing in front of your crush — High School Musical style, couples karaoke may not be the best ice breaker.) However, putting on a show in the comfort of your bedroom could have some seriously positive effects on your attitude and can actually improve your emotional state. According to TIME magazine, singing acts as the perfect tranquilizer due to the release of important chemicals in the brain: singing is said to release endorphins, a hormone associated with pleasure, as well as oxytocin, a hormone associated with getting rid of stress and anxiety. There's no better way to loosen up and free yourself from the nerves that won't seem to leave you alone.
Sing whatever songs your heart desires, whether that's a Disney classic that you've known the words to since you were a kid or that #1 radio song that's stuck in your head 24/7 — anything that you can scream at the top of your lungs. If you're drawing a blank on your perfect calm-down bop, we've got you: Check out some of our top picks to sing in front of your mirror while getting ready for the big night. Dancing is encouraged.