How Much Time Should I Leave Before Dating Someone New?

After a relationship ends, teens and 20-somethings may be itching to get back into the dating market.
A desire to make an ex jealous may mean you should wait longer before dating.A desire to make an ex jealous may mean you should wait longer before dating.
Moving on can present a challenge if you are not yet emotionally ready to tackle a new relationship. Signs exist that can help you decide how long you should wait before dating again.

Only You Can Decide

Even though months and years may be tossed around as an "ideal" lengths of time to wait before starting a new romance, no set rules exist.
If you want to get back with your ex or feel angry about the breakup, you may want to wait until those feelings subside, according to the TwoofUs article, "Am I Ready to Date Again?" If conversations tend to be about your ex and how she wronged you, it may be another sign that you should wait before dating again. If you feel ready to begin anew, have learned from past mistakes and you do not expect to recreate the same life you had with your former partner, you might be ready to date -- even if you recently broke up, according to Margarita Tartakovsky in PsychCentral.

About the Author

Candice Coleman worked in the public school system as a middle school and high school substitute teacher. In addition to teaching, she is also a tutor for high school and college students.

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