If I had a dream about my ex, you'd bet he would know.
If I went on a date with another guy, and it made me miss my ex, I would probably be telling him that, too. So I reached out to dating and relationship expert Jen Kirsch to ask her when it's acceptable to reach out to an ex after a breakup.
When you’re binging on Ben and Jerry’s and obsessing about your ex, meeting someone new may be the last thing on your mind.
But, dating can actually be a healthy coping skill to help ward off the depression and social isolation that comes with heartbreak, and curb harmful behaviors such as self-medication and emotional eating.
It causes us real, physical suffering that can last weeks or months, and the lure of new romantic love is one of the strongest antidotes.
We long for those butterfly feelings, the giddy excitement of feeling desire and being desirable. For some, a breakup may trigger powerful fears of never finding that special someone to build a life with.
And many have the same questions for me, their therapist and personal breakup coach: “how long is the pain going to last?