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No matter what, moving on after a relationship ends is hard. Even if you and your ex ended things on an upbeat note, you probably feel confused, and are wondering what the hell happened, or if your relationship could have been saved. There’s probably some regret, sadness, and anger mixed in there, too — which is totally human, of course. Because even if you and your ex parted as friends , making sense of your feelings in the wake of a breakup can be difficult — especially feelings of fear, rejection, and loneliness.
But, as they say, the show must go on; you can’t wallow in your sadness forever. You have to live your life, thank your ex for the memories, change out of your sweatpants, and take some tentative steps back towards living a normal life. And for many, that means getting back on the dating scene.
Face it: even if you felt like you needed to push yourself back out there in order to feel better, your wounds from your breakup aren’t completely healed. You may find that you’re more sensitive to things you wouldn't have cared before your breakup, like unreturned texts or random comments about exes, and that’s fine. Just try to avoid crying too much on those first few dates.