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Most people believe that finding someone else quickly after a breakup is the easiest way to mend a broken heart. However, in reality, it could only make it more difficult for you to move on.

Healing takes time, and while hurting your ex by trying to prove how quickly you've moved on from him might seem appealing, it's not worth the emotional damage you'll go through if you do things you're not ready for. Yes, there’s an urgent need to fill that empty space in your heart, but going on the rebound is not the healthiest response.

No matter what kind or how long the relationship was, you still need to give yourself time to grieve before you get back in the dating game again. According to Paulette Kouffman Sherman, Psy.D., psychologist and author of Dating From the Inside Out, you should steer clear of dates for about a month.

“Most people need a month or two to process the breakup, to mourn, and to integrate lessons before jumping back in if they were in a fairly serious relationship,” she says. Sherman also adds that it’s essential you also take care of your state of mind; that you have to be completely healed before entering another relationship. “This way, you will feel whole and in high self-esteem before you go back into the next relationship and won't just be trying to fill that hole.”

So if you’ve recently broken up with your man, remember that moving on is not a race. Everyone copes with heartbreak differently. Don't look to others for comfort, and instead use this time to reflect on what you can learn from the breakup. Work yourself up to recovery to be the best version of yourself, so that when you meet a potential lover, you won’t be carrying any emotional baggage from the past.

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