Going out to a club can be one of the most exciting experiences, but there are also many ways that you can mess it up and have the opposite effect of having fun and meeting new people. In order to ensure that you don’t ruin your experience, keep these six things in mind when you go out to a nightclub.
1) Don’t be nervous
Going to a club for the first time can be daunting. You may feel anxious or nervous, but it’s important that you don’t let these feelings get in your way. When going into a new environment where there are many people whom you don’t know, it is easy to feel insecure about yourself and about how others perceive you, but remember that everyone at that party has been where you are right now. They probably all felt some of those same emotions too.
2) Be open to meeting new people
If you’re going out to meet new people, don’t let your social anxiety make it impossible. When you feel anxiety, acknowledge it and work through it by taking deep breaths or giving yourself permission to be social. Chances are your fears are much worse in your mind than they are in reality—put them to the test! Give yourself permission to have fun with strangers who are also just trying to have fun.
3) Arrive fashionably late
Arriving late is one of those things that can make or break your night. If it’s too early, there won’t be any good spots. If it’s too late, everyone will have left already. Make sure you arrive at a time where everything is just starting to pick up so you don’t miss out on anything. Nobody likes a line-up or a no-show. This isn’t primary school and showing up fashionably late is much better than being fashionably fake!
4) Come prepared with dance moves
It’s easy to get into that mindset of I’m going out, I need to let loose and I’m going to have fun no matter what! but your actions speak louder than words. Going into every night hoping for something good to happen doesn’t make it any more likely—in fact, if you act like you don’t care about having fun, you might actually end up having fun because people want to make you feel better.
5) Be enthusiastic about having fun
When entering a nightclub, many people are preoccupied with getting drunk or meeting potential sexual partners. That’s totally fine—we all need to unwind sometimes. But if your main goal is getting wasted or hooking up, it’s easy to forget about having fun! Remind yourself that there are lots of opportunities for that other stuff down the road. Right now, your job is to have an enjoyable night with friends and/or significant others.
Ultimately, your safety comes first. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, it’s usually best to leave immediately. There are some things you can do beforehand that may make your time out more enjoyable. For example, if drinking is something that interests you, consider drinking lightly or sticking with water for most of your night. Even though your body will thank you in the morning. Too much alcohol can lead to bad decisions and even worse situations.