a break from dating after a breakup isn't just about licking your wounds, though—it's also about figuring out what you've learned and can carry over to your next relationship, says psychologist sanam hafeez, psy. chance that you’re going to feel skeptical, hesitant, and maybe even suspicious of every potential partner who crosses your path. but if you make it fun, it will be ok. still, jumping into another relationship right away is like covering the pimple with concealer instead of applying medication and allowing it enough time to heal. it’s boiling up inside you and you just want to pop). carry your head high and spend your energy on people who deserve it. deep down, you know that you don’t want to be in a relationship with someone you had to beg to be with you. of the biggest no-nos of dating is mentioning your past. a fling or one-night stand after a breakup may not be a bad thing—but if you're looking to get into another serious relationship, you're probably better off waiting until you're more or less over your previous one.
know yourself much better than you did before your last relationship and subsequent breakup; and you'll want to inject that self-knowledge into every relationship you have going forward. you don’t have to sob at the office, but take some quiet moments to reflect and be honest with yourself. in the meantime, when mourning the end of a relationship, be sure to avoid the following “don’ts” of breakup etiquette, which can just end up harming you more. broke up last week, but you still “have thoughts” you want to process with the ex. if you have a tattoo-design epiphany in the days following heartache, wait a few months before acting on it. the temptation may be to pretend you’re unaffected by the breakup; don’t let pride get in the way of being real. it’s healthier to express yourself honestly than grow numb. besides, if your ex rejects you a second time, it won’t just hurt; the rejection will sting with extra humiliation and regret. rejoice in solitude -- however long it lasts -- and get to know yourself, because like carrie bradshaw mentioned in an episode of sex and the city, ".