How long should I wait before I begin to date after me and my partner split up?
Posted: March 30, 2017
Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.
A healthy relationship with your next romantic partner generally occurs when you are comfortable with yourself, first. I am not aware of any specific time limit that is applicable to all humans after the ending of a romantic relationship to begin of another romantic relationship. Dating someone to avoid your feelings about your ex generally results in even more emotional and other problems throughout your life. When you are able to think about your ex and not be overwhelmed by your emotions or find yourself looking forward towards dating another person, as opposed to dreading it, may be another indication you are ready to move forward with your life. Of course, if you start to date someone and realize you are not ready to be in a romantic relationship, let the other person know your thoughts and feelings. If they are a mature and understanding person, they will understand and you can call them when you are ready to move forward with your life. The first relationship after the ending of a significant relationship will most always feel weird. Allowing yourself an appropriate amount of time to heal after going through a divorce is essential if you want to pursue healthy relationships in the future.
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