|Are You Ready to Start a New Relationship?|
Getting hurt in a prior relationship can leave you feeling leery about getting involved in a new romantic relationship or from even wanting to meet someone new. It takes time to heal from a heart break and to learn what you might want in your next relationship--if you even feel like you want to be in a new relationship.
Everyone is different, and we all heal at our own pace. Friends and family might be urging you to "get back out there" and meet someone new, but you might not be ready yet. If you get involved too soon, you risk bringing the "old baggage" from your experience in your prior relationship into a new relationship.
There can also be so many underlying issues that intensify your fear of getting involved in a new relationship or even just dating. If you've had a pattern of hurtful relationships, you might not trust yourself to get involved again. There might be some truth to your fears if you continue choosing people who hurt you. But if you allow those fears to overtake you, you might remain stuck indefinitely.
Are You Less Resilient That You Used to Be?
There are some people who are genuinely happy in their lives without being in a relationship. They're quite fulfilled by famly, friends, their work and other interests they might have. So, I don't mean to imply that you must be in a relationship to be happy. But most people that I've met want to share their lives with a significant other.
If you'd like to be in a relationship, but you find yourself stuck and questioning whether you're ready, you could benefit from seeing a licensed mental health professional to explore this aspect of your life so you can free yourself from your doubts and fears and live a more fulfillng life.