1. They’re not sure what it’s like to be single anymore.
Their flirtations may fall flat, feel awkward, or worse, you may not even realize they’re interested. Be a little patient, and they’ll reveal more in time.
2. Be clear with your own intentions.
If you’re looking for something more serious, indicate that, and if you’re not indicate that as well. Being honest from the start with where your head (and heart) is at, will allow the both of you to move forward in whatever direction necessary.
3. They may just be looking for a rebound.
That’s okay, people process and get over relationships in different ways. Respect what they want (see #2).
4. Don’t pressure them.
If they stick around longer than for a standard rebound period, then continue to move at a comfortable pace for both of you. Remember you’re both still just feeling each other out. And if you’re forging an intimate relationship, spending quality time together will do that.
5. Be genuine.
Be open to them needing to go slower. It’s also not fair to pretend you’re okay being casual if you’re actually not okay with that at all.
6. Don’t be nosey.
When they want to talk about their previous relationship they will. You don’t want to seem insecure or in competition with their ex.
7. Their default setting is relationship mode.
Be a little wary: They often revert into relationship mode, even if they may not be ready to commit to you. After a long relationship, it’s hard to navigate casual dating. But, proceeding with a little extra mindfulness will help you sort through where things are heading.
Every case is unique. As with beginning any new relationship, there isn’t a perfect formula to success. Win some, lose some. Have you dating someone who was just fresh out of a relationship, or have you been the one who just started dating? Leave any tips below in the comments!