Dating after long hiatus
Going back into the dating game, after a long break however, can throw up some unexpected challenges.
Before you sign up to any dating websites or agencies, or allow a friend to drag you along to the latest Speed Dating event in your area, take a moment to stop and think about what you ideally want.
It only takes a smile to break the ice so if you project a confident, happy you everything will be fine. A date is just an opportunity to meet and talk to someone new. Don’t go along with something just because your date suggests it.
Its easy to let excitement get the better of you but keeping a check on the following will help you ease back into dating. Being true to yourself will show them you have a strong personality and know what you want from life. A date is a meeting of two people, regardless of the location.
Just because you are single it doesn’t mean you have to be out there looking for Mr or Ms Right straight away.
“If you’re reactive, fearful, hurting, or moody from heartache, you’re not ready to bring someone new into your life,” Winter said.
Paulette Sherman, an NYC-based psychologist and author of “Dating From The Inside Out,” explain how to tell when you’re ready to date after a breakup.
Instead, it’s best to try and give yourself as long as it takes to come to terms with whatever residual feelings (positive and negative) you have about your ex.
Even if it’s been a while since the breakup, there may be some lingering signs that you aren’t ready to date someone new.
“It’s probably a warning sign if [you] are constantly stalking their ex on social media, still keep photos and objects that belong to [your] ex everywhere, and are still calling them or hooking up with them,” Sherman told INSIDER.
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Still, there are some guidelines everyone can use to figure out what’s best for them.