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Re-energize your search for Mr. Right

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

New dating tips to try

Dating can feel like an endless search for something that’s just beyond your reach, so your frustration and fatigue is understandable. To help you rev up your search for Mr. Right, we’ve come up with some strategies for re-energizing your quest for love.

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Cursive number 1Take a dating break.

This may seem counterproductive but it's actually a great way to refresh and re-evaluate what you're looking for in a guy. When you're on an endless dating loop, it's easy to get disheartened and feel like you're never going to meet anyone with whom you see yourself for the long term. By focusing on yourself for a while, you'll feel much better about love and be ready to start fresh.

Cursive number 2Look for love in new places.

If you've been going to the same bars with the same people week after week and all you end up with are hangovers and guys who don't want anything more than a hookup, it's time to expand your search. Join a co-ed sports team, take a class or sign up for a new activity that will get you out of the house and away from the same old places. You may not meet the man you're going to marry, but you have a much better chance of finding him in a photography class or while playing a touch football game than in a crowded bar.

Cursive number 3Focus on having fun, not finding love.

Focusing too much on finding the perfect guy can drive you crazy. That kind of dating attitude puts too much pressure on you to meet Mr. Right when you should just be focusing on meeting nice people and having a good time. The more desperate you are to find a guy, the harder it's going to be -- so rather than turn every date into a pressure cooker, relax, put your mind at ease and just have fun.

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