If you're recovering from a breakup, chances are a well-meaning friend has advised you to just "get back out there" again. They might have told you the best way to get over your ex is to meet someone new, or perhaps shared some cliche about falling off a horse. But what if you're simply not ready to start dating again? Sure, finding someone new to date sounds great in theory, but deep down in your bones, you know your heart needs more time to heal. Well, according to Cherlyn Chong, a dating and breakup recovery coach, it's important to trust your gut in this scenario. "It's very healthy, and often healing, to take your time to just enjoy being single before dating again. Contrary to what society tells you, it's best to take the time to grow as a person before you rush dating [again]," she tells Elite Daily.
If you're not sure how you're feeling, it might be a good idea to try some self-reflection and take an emotional inventory, so you know if you're ready to start dating again. Fortunately, there are some pretty clear signs you might need a little more time to heal before re-downloading Hinge. Here's what the experts say to be on the lookout for.