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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How long should you wait after a break-up before you move on?

How long should you wait after a break-up before you move on? How long should you wait before you start dating again? How long after a break up should you remain single? How long after a break-up should you wait before going out again?

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The duration of  'waiting time' after a break-up depends on a million things but ultimately it's entirely your decision to make. Depending on your feelings, the reason for the break-up and the duration of the relationship it might take you a little longer to feel like you're 'ready to move on'. 

It also depends entirely what you mean by moving on. If moving on means moving forward and not dwelling on your ex then that should happen as soon as you've decided that you don't want to or don't see hope in getting back together again.

If moving on means dating other people in an exclusive relationship (more on serious terms) then that would be as soon as YOU feel like you no longer have feelings for your ex - which could take anything from a few weeks to a few months depending on the previously mentioned factors. The reason why it is important to feel completely over your ex before getting into a serious relationship with someone else is that it would be highly unfair of you to make the other person 'the rebound guy / girl', to be using him / her as a way of temporarily forgetting your ex or using him / her as a means of keeping your mind occupied.

If moving on means seeing or being with other guys or girls in more of a casual kind of way (random dates, nights out, flirting, flings, etc) and neither of you is looking for a really serious relationship or he or she knows the fact that you just got out of a relationship and probably wouldn't be able to just jump right into another serious one straight away or that you plan on taking things really slow then as soon as you're ready to get back out there (a week, a month, etc) that should be perfectly fine. In short you should wait until you're ready to do anything - serious dates, flings, flirting, etc. When you feel ready you probably are. 'Waiting periods' differ from person to person. 
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