If you’re recently divorced, you might be mystified about what comes next on the dating scene. But while dating has changed, people in general remain the same, and mostly want the same things: companionship, trust, and a good time. Here are five simple steps to getting back in the dating world.
1. Make sure you’re ready.
It might be tempting to start dating again just to spite your ex. Maybe you want to “win” the divorce by moving on sooner, and showing off just how desirable you are. Don’t do this. If this is your motivation for starting over, you may be successful at hurting your ex, but you’ll also hurt yourself and your new partner. If you’re not ready, spend some time being alone and nurturing your relationship with yourself.
2. Meet people for friendship.
There are plenty of groups whose focus is to get out and meet people, but not for romance. Single or married, you need friends, so you should be building your relationships with existing friends and making new ones. Join a club or hobby group that interests you with the motivation to make friends only, and you’ll enrich your social circle. Who knows? You might make a love connection by accident.
3. Work out.
You should be working on your physique all the time, married or not, but getting back to the gym is a great way to boost your confidence post-divorce. You’ll be more attractive to the opposite sex, not just because you’re toned and fit, but also because you’re health-conscious and confident.
4. Get a hobby.
Developing your hobbies is a good way to focus on yourself instead of obsessing over your dating life or lack thereof. It also adds depth to your personality and helps you meet other people with the same hobbies. Whether it’s skydiving or bird house building, choose a hobby you enjoy and spend some time on it.
5. Go slow.
When you meet that special someone, don’t just jump right into a relationship. You’re used to being paired off, so it may seem natural to get serious with the first person you really like. Spend some time developing this relationship and take it slow, especially if you have kids.
Post-divorce dating can be tricky, but with these helpful tips, you’ll be able to develop new friendships and dating relationships without too much stress.
If you’re still in the midst of a divorce, or thinking about it, professionals like those at the Law Office of Richard Eldridge can help ease the transition.