How long to wait before dating after getting dumped

Dear Eliza, Sorry to say, but there’s not really a one-size-fits-all answer to this question.

Consider the number of variables involved in answering: Are there children involved?

If seeing the picture makes your heart drop, you probably should take some more time before you start dating again.

If you can have a friendly phone call with your ex and it does not affect your mood or fill your thoughts for the rest of the day, you may be in a good place to start dating again.

Do you still want to get back together with your ex? You see how all of these things can radically impact your decision as to when to get back out there? I couldn’t convince her to take me back, so I did what I do best – I went back online – literally MINUTES after I returned home from the teary breakup.

You’ll likely be offered two different pieces of advice when it comes to moving on. So how long should you wait to date after a break-up?

It's been about 6 months since the painful breakup with her ex-boyfriend and she's just not sure if she's ready yet.

To be honest, she's not sure if she'll ever be ready to date again.

You're meant to only look again after you have moved on, or you will be going onto the rebound, and that's not nice on the person you are going out to date.

So my question really is, what is the earliest you would expect someone to begin their search again?

How long to wait before dating after getting dumped