"Meet prospective dates/partners as soon as you can — the sooner the better," psychic and spiritual counselor Davida Rappaport tells Bustle.
But is using dating apps after a breakup an inherently bad idea?
Not necessarily — as long as you're sure you feel ready to get back out there and are aware of the do's and don'ts of online dating after a breakup, it can actually be a super positive experience.
He never really hid what he was doing from me, but he told me at the time he’d never meet up with anyone for real and all guys did this sort of thing.
One day I created a fake account to try to find him and saw him on there right away.
Meet more people at shorter durations and save the meal dates for those you’re actually excited about."Post-breakup, it's easy to fall into the trap of wanting to find someone who's like a newer, better version of your ex.
But even if you think you have a "type," try to keep an open mind and don't limit your search to people who are super similar to your ex."Be open in your search," Golden says."Focus on creating relationships and improving your relationship skills that have caused past relationships to fail versus going out with the sole intent of finding your soulmate," Andi Forness, online dating coach, tells Bustle."You will find your soulmate when you have improved your relationship skills."After a breakup, it's normal to feel a bit lonely and want to fill that void with someone new — but you shouldn't be going on dates just to feel less alone, especially if you know deep down you aren't really ready to make a new connection."Every person should re-evaluate relationships goals, wants, and needs after a breakup, especially if online dating is the next course of action," Lavelle says."Most dating profiles have sections for you to express your desires and qualifications in a partner. Leaving such information out may land you with an incompatible match or someone looking for a quick hookup."Although it might be a little scary, don't drag out the process of planning a date with someone you're interested in — just bite the bullet and do it!Set your intention to meet some interesting people and see what happens. "While it's OK to be optimistic about the future of your love life, expecting to meet your soulmate right after a breakup only opens the door for more disappointment and heartache.