From taking long romantic walks along the beach to admiring the sunset, cuddling up under the stars and sharing ice cream while walking hand in hand along the promenade…summer (and all that it brings with it) has to be one of the greatest matchmakers of all time.
Here we share a few tips on how to ensure a blossoming summer romance, many of which show us the heat is most definitely on our side when it comes to falling in love.
1. Be more open
Summer is the season of letting your guard down, and this allows romance to take center stage. Many associates the summer months with holidays, celebrations, beach parties, long and light nights, and freedom. This often makes us more open with others, which makes meeting people much easier and allows love to blossom much quicker!
2. Let yourself be affected by summer smells
It’s insane how much smell can affect our emotions and memories. They can make us feel happy, elated, energized, and romantic! When you smell something familiar, it’s common to feel an instant surge of emotions, which relate to specific periods and people in your life. It may be a summer fragrance, the smell of freshly cut blooms, sunscreen, freshly mowed grass, or the ocean.
All of these scents evoke an array of feel-good memories. These can create a positive ambiance when spending time with a certain someone special, which means your potential for love will reach an all-time high. With this in mind, be sure to spend as much time outside as possible!
3. Go out and meet people!
Once the weather gets that little bit warmer, everyone wants to be outdoors, which makes it a lot easier to meet new people. A certain someone you bump into whilst walking the dog in the park, running along the beach, or taking a stroll around the reservoir could become a summer romance!
Instead of relying on dating apps and noisy bars, summer opens up a number of exciting doors for romance, many of which allow us to meet people face-to-face. Ultimately this means the conversation is likely to flow and be more natural as a result. It’s therefore important to ensure you swap indoor activities for outdoor adventures if you want to meet your summer love.
4. Let your guard down
It’s difficult to fall in love without being able to completely trust the boy or girl in question. It’s also hard to fully trust someone you have just met! Thankfully, the balmy nights and summer heat makes it much easier to let our guards down. Studies suggest there is a correlation because physical warmth and pleasure can stimulate our insular cortex, which is responsible for feelings of trust. Try to relax and open up and the people you are speaking to will too.
5. Surprise your new love
Whether it’s a picnic on the beach, sunset walks along the shoreline, a bouquet of beautiful blooms, or an impromptu drive to another city, there are many ways to surprise your new love this summer. Once you’ve decided on a date idea, why not meet her or him brandishing a bouquet of summer flowers?
Many online florists offer same or next-day flower delivery options, so you’ll be able to get some fresh blooms, even if you’ve left planning a date until the last minute. Simply make sure to order before the stated cut off time and you’ll have a set of bold flowers to present just when you need them!
6. Relax and unwind
It’s hard to allow yourself to be romantic when your guard is up when you’re stressed, tense, or tired. Thankfully, the months of summer have a magical ability to send our bodies and minds into relaxation mode, and when you’re relaxed, you’re more willing to let love in.
Date options are also more relaxed, from romantic strolls along the beach to watching the sunset, paddleboarding, and cycling, the options are endless! After all, it’s a lot easier to plan when the sun is shining than when it’s pouring with rain!
7. Enjoy seasonal food
Instead of booking a table at a fancy restaurant, pick a romantic spot, pack a picnic or BBQ, and get cooking yourself! Certain foods are natural aphrodisiacs, and many of these foods just so happen to be things we normally eat in the summer — particularly summer berries, watermelon, ice cream, ice lollies, and refreshing drinks.
Asides from being romantic, a meal away from crowds and speculation is more low key and will allow you to fully get to know each other without worrying about who pays the bill at the end of the meal, what to wear, and whether you’re going to bump into a friend or family member. The scenery and food will also give you something to talk about!