Before you fall in love and start a relationship with someone new, you need to get emotionally healthy. Even if you haven’t been in love for a few years – or if your last relationship was healthy – you still need to take your emotional temperature before you fall in love again.
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“It is impossible to love and be wise,” said Francis Bacon. You need to get emotionally and spiritually healthy before you fall in love – and that’s what these tips are all about. You need to make sure you’re not on the rebound, and that you’re going in to a new relationship with your eyes wide open.
5 Things to Do Before You Fall in Love Again
“When you’re on the rebound, your new relationship isn’t about itself,” writes J.M. Kearns in Better Love Next Time: How the Relationship that Didn’t Last Can Lead You to the One that Will. “It’s about the old one.”
Falling in love too fast, making rash decisions, and tolerating behavior that you wouldn’t normally are possible signs of a rebound relationship.
To stop rebound dating and fall in love for the right reasons, you must…
Deal with your loneliness, isolation, desperation
It may be hard to admit that you’re lonely, isolated, or even desperate to fall in love again. It’s embarrassing to be lonely – I know! But if you want to fall in love again, you need to be honest with yourself.
Many of us have dated people we have nothing in common with or who we don’t even like — and who may not even like us. Many of us date out of desperation, which is a surefire way to create a rebound relationship. If your heart is still broken from a past relationship, make sure you’ve taken time to heal and process your loss. Get emotionally healthy is the first thing you should do before you fall in love again!
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Make sure you’re not hiding from the past
If you’re hiding from the past – or running from it – then you’re not emotionally healthy enough to fall in love again. Rebound relationships occur when past relationships dictate what happens in current love relationships.
“We plunge into a new relationship, not because we are paying attention to the past, but to avoid listening to it,” writes Kearns in Better Love Next Time. “We use the new relationship as a distraction.” If you’re dating or even getting married to distract yourself from the past, then you’re not ready to fall in love again.
Be clear on what went wrong in your last relationship
Try to understand why your last relationship didn’t survive. Be honest and objective, and don’t make a hasty diagnosis or decision about why your love didn’t last.
Kearns says if you don’t correctly identify the reasons your last relationship didn’t last, you’ll set yourself up for failure and heartbreak. “You misidentify the factors that made the last relationship sicken and die, and armed with that false vaccine, you set you to avoid the same infection in the future — and you walk right into it.”
Accept the role you played with your previous partner
Most broken relationships are caused by both partners – it’s rarely just one person who is to blame. Instead of blaming your ex for causing all the relationship problems, accept the role you played. This doesn’t just help you get ready to fall in love again, it’ll make you emotionally healthy and strong.
Again, you need to be honest with yourself. To accept the role you played in your last relationship, you need to know your weaknesses and quirks!
Let go of your ex
If you’re still holding on to your last relationship, read How to Get Over Him. Before falling in love again, make sure you’re over your past relationship! Only you know if you’re over your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend, and only you know if you’re emotionally healthy and ready for a new relationship. Listen to your heart, and deal with whatever you need to before you pursue new love.
“You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.” ~ Jonathan Carroll.
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What do you think about these things to do before you fall in love again? Comments welcome below…I can’t offer advice or counseling, but it might help you to share how you feel about falling in love after your last relationship ended.
My prayer for you is for a healthy, happy relationship that lives up to your wildest dreams!