Are you ready for a new relationship? While entering into a brand new relationship can be exciting, thrilling, and full of promise and hope, it can also cause a bit of stress and anxiety. Is this person really right for you? Will your relationship last? Fortunately, there are six key signs that can help let you know if you're fully ready to move on and start a new relationship.
You're Over Your Ex
One of the clear signs that you're ready to start a new relationship is that you've completely moved on from your past relationship. "No one is ready to successfully date again unless they have sufficiently healed from their prior heartbreak," says clinical psychologist Randi Gunther. If you're still constantly thinking about your ex, pining after them, and are always comparing your new partner to this person, then you're not truly ready to start a new relationship. However, if your focus and energy are dedicated to this new person and your ex is barely a thought in your mind, then you're probably ready to start something new.
Don't rush the process of getting over your ex. According to Gunther, lost relationships must be grieved, so give yourself adequate time to heal before moving on.
You're Open With Your Partner
It's important that you and this person can speak openly and honestly with one another. If you're hiding things about yourself, don't truly communicate with one another, and aren't willing to be vulnerable, then you're not ready to start a new relationship, as you're already setting yourself up for failure. But if you're truly able to be forthright and honest with your new partner, your relationship with them will likely flourish as a result.
You Trust Your Partner
Trust is at the heart of any happy and healthy relationship. If you have doubts about this person, they don't seem to keep their word, or this person has already betrayed your trust, you owe it to yourself to look to start a new relationship with someone else.
You're Ready to Take a Risk
Relationships involve risk-taking, and you have to face the fact that you may end up getting hurt. There are no guarantees when it comes to relationships, and you have to be okay with knowing that your new relationship may end in a breakup down the road.
You Truly Want to Be in a Relationship
If you're starting a new relationship because you're feeling pressured, you simply don't want to be alone, or you feel as though the clock is ticking to find someone, this new relationship could be unfulfilling and unhappy. Choosing to settle rather than waiting to find someone who truly meets and surpasses your needs is only going to end up hurting you down the road. Finding the right person can take time and patience, but it's in your best interest to find someone you truly connect with and want as a partner.
You Know in Your Gut That You're Ready
When you're ready to start a new relationship, you know in your gut and in your heart that this is the correct move for you. When you enter a relationship for the right reasons, such as deeply caring for a person and truly wanting to be in a relationship with them, this can help set you up for relationship success. When you sense it within yourself and trust your natural instinct that you're ready to take this step, your new relationship has a better chance of working out for good in every way.
Gunther R. 15 Questions to Help You Decide You're Ready to Date Again. Psychology Today. November 30, 2016.