"If you had bad habits and patterns that played a part in the relationships demise, it would be a very good idea to work through these as well first, so that you do not carry them into your next relationship, which can poison it from the start." Once you've taken adequate time to heal and work that stuff out, go for it."There isn't really a magic number as to how long you need to wait after a breakup," life coach Kali Rogers tells Bustle.
"The only way to tell is to be honest with yourself regarding your feelings over your ex." How over them are you, really?
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The break-up is raw, and a jumble of emotions are still raging.
"Putting a bandaid on an axe wound never helps — do the hard work first so you can heal properly, and then go out and date.""There is no hard and fast rules," Dawn Maslar, a.k.a. "In fact, it will depend on the individual." Go within and see what your heart really requires.
"Often people will use dating as a way to heal," she says.
"Once you feel that you've learned the lessons in why that relationship was brought to you in the first place, and why it ended, you're ready to move on," she says.
"Too much baggage from the past that you're still holding on to doesn't portend good things for a new relationship." You don't want to bring those bags into something new — so give it some time and space."While I think that being social is good immediately, I think dating is for those who are not seeking to be fulfilled but to share, and can do so without any memory that is bitter of the past," zen psychotherapist and neuromarketing strategist Michele Paiva tells Bustle."Work on forgiving yourself for choosing a partner who wasn't a good match — and on forgiving your partner for the disappointment and hurt related to your relationship." Though you may wish it weren't so, there is always work to do after a breakup."You can't move forward if you're still clinging to old pain, resentments, doubts, and anger," she says."If all is great in the first three months, it will be deeper and more solid in a year if it’s a good long-term choice." Especially after a breakup, it's best to move like molasses at the beginning so as to not make any bad decisions. "You’ll want to do it differently next time, so understand your part in whatever didn’t work." Once you really have a handle on that, you'll be much better equipped for your next partnership. "If it was an important relationship, you’ll need time to grieve before getting back in the arena," she adds. "You can't bypass the mourning period." As Tessina and other experts suggest, Sansone-Braff stresses the importance of pressing pause, going inward, and feeling it all."Stop distracting with drinking, drugging, dating apps — and just let yourself feel the loss and the sorrow that the ending of a relationship brings," Sansone-Braff says."Depending upon how intense the love affair actually was, this period can last a few months to a year or longer." It takes time to really feel everything and process it all.After a big breakup is a good time to journal, read good self-help books, and perhaps get counseling as a way to grow.