Making The Case For The Morning Coffee Date

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Sometimes, our hectic schedules make it tough to spend time with the people we care about. Throw in all the obligations that come up around the holiday season, and it can feel almost impossible to keep up with everyone. And when it's already hard to fit in meet-ups with friends and family, setting aside time for dates with new people becomes extremely challenging. This applies to first dates with a potential new flame and dates with your long-term significant other that help keep your love alive and thriving.

This is unfortunate, really, because seeing the people we care about is important, and meeting new people can be a lot of fun. You shouldn't have to choose between keeping all your other commitments and seeing the people you want to spend time with. Which is why we're proposing adoption of a new spin on the classic dating tradition: Instead of going out for drinks, dinner, or a movie after work, start your day with a morning coffee date, whether it's romantic or platonic. Sounds wild, right? Somewhere along the line, society decided it was more acceptable to schedule social engagements for the end of your day rather than the beginning. Why not break that tradition with a morning coffee date? In partnership with Folgers®, here are a few reasons you might want to schedule your next date or friendly catch-up for some time around 8 a.m.

1. You're Freshest In The Morning

Sometimes meeting up with someone after a long day of work and other activities isn't the most appealing, because you feel a little bit drained — especially if you've had a rough day. If you start the day with a catch-up sesh or some quality time with your significant other, however, you'll be feeling your best. Plus, you won't be too exhausted to give the person you're seeing your full attention.

2. It Gives You An Exciting Reason To Get Out Of Bed

Waking up to get ready for the day is often a drag. The alarm can be oppressive. We've all had those moments during the middle of the day when we hear that same tone signaling a call or alarm on someone else's phone, and we're hit with an immediate pang of sadness. A weekly coffee date in your kitchen with your bestie or even your roomie gives you something to look for in the wee hours of the morning, and makes getting out of bed a little bit easier.

3. There's Less Time To Get Anxious About The Date

If you have a first date coming up in the evening, you might spend all day with the prospect rattling around in the back of your head — which means there's potential for first-date jitters and anxiety. But if you head straight to the date in the morning, you'll have less time to get worked up about it, which makes for a more relaxing time (and probably a better date).

4. There's Usually A Clear End Time

When you have a morning coffee date on your calendar, it's likely not the only thing scheduled for the day. Which means that if you're spending that time catching up with a friend or family member, you've only got a set amount of minutes to catch up, so you're more likely to make them count — to save time, you can even have them come to your kitchen or front porch. And if you're on a "date-date," you won't have the awkwardness that comes with deciding when and how it's going to end. You likely both have to be at work by a certain time, so the date comes to an end organically. This is especially positive if it doesn't end up being the best date of all time.

5. It's Basically Multitasking

Let's be real: You're going to drink coffee in the morning anyway. Why not do it with someone you really want to see? Or you could pour that coffee into two thermoses and take a brisk, revitalizing walk outside! It's a great "two birds, one stone" kind of deal.

6. If The Date Doesn't Go Well, Your Day Can Only Get Better

If you're going out on a date with a potential new partner and the date isn't a great one, you've got plenty of time to do what you can to redeem your day and your mood. Plus, when everyone's telling morning commute horror stories, you've got something that will one-up them.

7. It Improves The Rest Of Your Day

Starting your day off spending time with someone you care about sets the tone for the rest of your day. You'll be reveling in the afterglow that comes from connecting with a great friend or meeting someone new — it's a great way to refresh and energize yourself.

This post is sponsored by Folgers®.

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