But when you find out they're single (aka available), you get cold feet.This is a sign that you like the idea of a relationship, but don't want to actually dive into one just yet.Whether you use your ex as a golden standard or scrutinize potential beaus for their old annoying habits, this is a major sign that you still have a lot of baggage from your last relationship."It's definitely alright to use them as a baseline whether it be good or bad, but if you compare your new partner to your ex for everything and still have them on your mind, you're not ready to be dating again and still have some healing to do! Even though you might be angry—not wistful—if your ex is constantly on your mind, it means you're not over them.
Once you're past the initial stages of a breakup—the crying, the Ben & Jerry's, the sad songs on repeat—there comes a point when you wonder what's next.
How do you know when you're ready to start dating again?
You don't want to hold yourself back, but you don't want to use someone as a rebound either.
With every breakup, there’s always this point when you’ve stopped crying and you start to think about dating again.
Now here’s the thing: we live in a culture where we’re encouraged to pull up our bootstraps and ‘get back on the horse,’ so to speak – even when it comes to matters of the heart.