A "good" breakup is pretty much like Bigfoot — it could possibly exist, but probably not. Bad breakups though, oh, those are very real. It could be one that comes at the end of a really toxic relationship, that even if you're happy to get out of, still leaves scars. Or it could come from seemingly out of nowhere and completely knock you off your feet. Either way, it's going to take some time to recover from, but that's OK. If you're just not ready to move on from a bad breakup yet, no judgment here. You get to take all the time you need to heal. And good news: No matter how bad the split was, there will come a time where you'll begin to be ready to put yourself out there again and open a new romantic chapter.
But before you can actually get back out there, the first step is to be truly open and ready to receive new love. Because, if not, you're pretty much destined to sabotage yourself. (I've definitely been there and done that, and I really don't recommend it.) So, how do you know if you're just not prepared to start dating again? Well, pay attention to the signs. Here is how the experts say you'll know if you're not quite ready yet to start dating again after a bad breakup.