The first thing to remember, if you want to find a long-term partner, is that it makes such a difference if you're happy with who you are first.
Because there are so many great aspects of single life and you deserve them all.
It's partly because we still act like it's the 1950s when everyone gets married and stayed married — so there was less reason to study single people. But that's not the case anymore.
The frivolous, the serious, the downright bizarre, they're fun and they give you a chance at some insight into yourself that you might not otherwise find.
When you don't know anyone yet or haven't found your routine, the idea of meeting new people can seem like a major step outside your comfort zone.
And while you're taking this break to clear your head and figure out what you actually want, you can use this newfound time to the fullest.
But first, there's something important to remember: there's absolutely nothing wrong with being single. In fact, being single is a great thing and plenty of people love it and want to stay single.
There are so many benefits to being single, from learning about who you are as an independent person to holding out for what you really want in a relationship.
It's hard enough to know what game they're playing, but what's even harder is figuring out how to deal with it.
Well, it's not about settling and jumping into a relationship, it's about understanding that dating an be exhausting, and preparing yourself for that.