How To Handle Awkward Moments While Dating

By: Elizabeth Marie |

That awkward moment when…insert your own personal embarrassing moment here. When you’re dating someone, awkward moments are bound to happen from time to time. What is important is how you deal with these awkward situations when they pop up, because one awkward moment shouldn’t define you. Here are some of the most common awkward moments that happen in a relationship and how to handle them.

1. You bump into your ex while on a date with your current boyfriend. It’s a small world, right? Sometimes way too small. The best way to handle this awkward situation is to remain calm. Acting dramatic will only make it worse. Say hello, introduce them, but don’t get into a long conversation and keep moving, there is no need for a long talk that will only make things even more awkward, if that is even possible!

2. Too much wine. Ok, I’ll admit to this one. One night, my boyfriend and I were out at a great restaurant with another couple and having a fun time. The drinks were flowing, and I didn’t pace myself at all. At all. When I woke up the next morning and realized that my boyfriend had taken care of me all night, and how much I had to drink, I wanted to crawl in a hole and hide. Did I say anything stupid? Was he judging me? Awkward! But you know what? It happens! Instead of rehashing everything I’d done the night before, I sincerely thanked my boyfriend for taking care of me and took him out for a nice dinner, and stuck to water instead of wine. The key? Don’t dwell! Move on!

3. You say “I love you”, he says nothing. When you don’t get the response you were expecting or hoping for, take a deep breath. This isn’t the time to cry and demand to know how he feels about you. Let him know how much you care and give him a few days-sometimes the other person needs a bit of time before they say those three words. If not, this is a good time to examine your relationship in an honest and calm way.

4. The plague. When you’re very sick, sometimes you might want to hide from your boyfriend so he won’t see you coughing up a lung in 3 day old pajamas and bedhead. If you’re going to be in a relationship, you’ve got to let the other person into your life, sick or not. Plus, everyone gets sick-would you want him to push you away the next time he catches a cold? No! You’d bring him soup and medicine and want to be there for him…and that is exactly what he wants to do for you. So let him, why don’t you?

Have you ever had an awkward moment with someone you’re dating? How did you handle it?