Knowing when to get back out there, while picking yourself up from a bad break up is probably one of the hardest things to do.

But once those initial tears are drying up, it’s time to make yourself get on with life.

This may come easier from some than others, depending on how long you were involved in the old relationship and how serious it was.
Take an initial time out for reassessing your life.

It’s important to take some time out after the break up and evaluate things a bit and not dash head long after the first sympathetic soul who will listen to your heart cries.
Some experts say a month is enough time off from dating.
You might need more or less time.

Just know that you need to have this time to think, to calm down and collect yourself.
It’s really a good time to bond with a close friend – a confidante. This person should be willing to listen to you from the time that you broke up, through the tears and anger.

More than that - they need to be willing to push you out when you need it, or put on the brakes when you start to head down the same bad road with your new love interests.

But once you’ve had your time off from socializing, it’s time to jump back into the dating game.
The important thing is to try to take your mind off of your recent pain and push forward gradually.

Do it gradually because you don’t need to wear yourself out dating, either.
Set a goal of 1–2 nights a week at first and then see how it goes from there.
Going out every night will exhaust you and make you wish you were in a relationship again – and you might latch onto someone just for that reason alone.

So take it slow, and whatever you do, just remember to have fun!