How to Start Dating after Being Single for a Long Time

Some people get over breakups and divorces pretty soon and view this period of their lives as an opportunity to do the things they couldn’t do living as a couple. They travel a lot, hang out with their friends, do some crazy stuff, etc. There are other people for whom it’s very hard to get used to living without a companion. After some time, both types of singles realize that they need a person with whom they could share their moments of life.


It’s been a while since your last relationship but now you are emotionally ready to re-enter the dating scene? If the fear that it’s not going to work prevents you from getting a new lease on life, consider the following tips.

Leave behind all doubts.

First of all, you should realize that you are mentally ready for dating. The best way to figure it out is to think about the possibility of being rejected. You can’t be sure that your flirting will be successful or your first date will go off without a hitch and you will end up as a couple. Make sure you’ll be able to accept rejection without feeling broken-hearted. If there is no fear of rejection you can start thinking about how you’re going to meet your potential dates.

Try online dating.

Registering on an online dating site can be the first step towards your new dating experiences. This is a more convenient and less stressful way of meeting new people. It will remind you how to make acquaintances and how to flirt with the opposite sex. Being single for too long, you might have lost your dating skills, so practicing online dating you’ll revive them. Patience is the most important factor here. Don’t rush into things. Instead, take your time browsing through other people’s profiles. If you start corresponding with somebody, try to get to know this person well in order to understand whether they are worth asking for a real date.

Be open-minded.

You should take a positive attitude to dating and get rid of any prejudices. View your dates as the opportunities to unwind and to spend some time in a company of nice people. If you’ve been in a relationship before, your circle of friends and acquaintances has been stable and unchanged. You got used to your everyday routine and created your comfort zone. Meeting and communicating with new people will help you break away from your old way of life and surroundings.

Be flexible.

Of course, you have a set of qualities that you’re looking for in a potential partner. Some of them you found in your ex but you’ve changed since your breakup and you’ve analyzed many things and now you have different expectations from people. However, you shouldn’t focus on some characteristics and look for a perfect match. Why don’t you try to date somebody that is totally different from your past experiences? You will have a lot of fun.

Avoid comparing.

If you communicate with a person online or you have a conversation during your real-life date, focus only on that person and yourself. Don’t compare your date with your ex. You should forget about your past and enjoy the moment that you’re sharing with a nice person.

Keep your expectations low.

If you decide to join an online dating site, don’t expect to be bombarded with messages from other users at once. Or if you go out on the first date, don’t plan anything. Nobody is bound to like you, the same as you don’t have to like each person you meet.

Be yourself.

Although it may sound like a trite phrase, acting naturally is the best strategy in any situation. Don’t try to pretend to be somebody else if you want to find a person who will respect and love you for who you are. Radiate confidence and vivacity and welcome back!

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