But dating right after you've gotten out of a relationship just feels different than dating when you've been at it for awhile.
For proof, check out these 10 ways that dating post-breakup is unlike any other dating period in your life.
Just try to avoid crying too much on those first few dates. Depending on if and how you were burned by your last relationship, there’s a good chance that you’re going to feel skeptical, hesitant, and maybe even suspicious of every potential partner who crosses your path. Your gut knows exactly what you need right now, and exactly what you can handle.
So there you are, enjoying some laughs over a drink with a new hottie, and all of a sudden, you start analyzing your life choices — especially whether or not it’s too soon to date.
The good news is, there is no science regarding the optimal time to start dating again; only you can decide what feels right for you. But, that being said, science has proven that rebounds are actually good for you. One of the biggest no-nos of dating is mentioning your past.
You know yourself much better than you did before your last relationship and subsequent breakup; and you'll want to inject that self-knowledge into every relationship you have going forward.
Traits that may have seemed OK in a partner before — like certain bad habits or prickly personality problems — probably just won't fly anymore. I have a friend who says that when you lose a nail, the best way to replace it is with another nail.
And for many, that means getting back on the dating scene.
Even after you've decided that you’re ready to go back out into the dating world, navigating it can be difficult.All those post-breakup thoughts and emotions, swirling through your brain and body, don’t really make for the most pleasurable dating experiences.Which isn’t to say that they're not useful or important feelings, or that it’s impossible to get back on that horse and find love again after a breakup.I don’t know if he came up with that on this own, but it’s the truth — when you’re newly alone, you may want to fill that void and find a new partner as quickly as you can.Despite all your skepticism, you may find yourself wanting to jump into a new relationship, just to occupy your time.Bringing your ex up in passing is fine, but it's definitely not a subject you want to harp on (even if it feels like it’s boiling up inside you and you just want to pop).