It can be scary getting back into dating after a long break. Perhaps you’ve been in a relationship or married for years, but have now found yourself in the single lane again. Or maybe you’ve decided to try and meet someone new having spent a period of months on your own.
You might be trying to decide how you should go about meeting new people or be worried whether you’re confident enough to start dating again.
Perhaps you’re dating again after the end of a relationship or you have feelings left over from a previous relationship that you’re still trying to move on from.
For instance, if things didn’t end well the last time, you may not be sure if you’re ready to trust someone new or even go further with that person.
We’ve put together a few tips to get you across the dating start line:
1. Ready? How will I know?
It’s a brave decision to get back in the dating cycle. It takes courage to give things a go again, especially if you’ve had bad relationship experiences in the past. So feel good that you’re willing to take that step.
Remember you don’t need to do anything you don’t feel ready for. It can be confusing knowing when we’re ‘ready’ to start dating again.
You may find that a lot of people urge you to ‘get back out there and date again, and, of course, there may never come a time when you feel totally confident about things. However, there’s no obligation to make a go at it until you feel comfortable doing so.