Dear Dr. Frankie,

How much time is enough time so a new relationship isn’t a rebound one?

-Movin On

Dear Movin On,

You ask a really good question that isn’t easy to answer in a couple of sentences but I do feel it depends a large amount on the condition of your last relationship. If you relationship felt stale and loveless for sometime prior to the actual end, than most likely you will need less time than if you are fresh out of a relationship that you were happy in. The trust test is to be aware of how you feel when you go on a date. Are you present? Are you able to connect with the person? If you are emotionally unavailable then that’s a clear indicator that you need more time to heal. I do feel it’s important to try and get out of your comfort zone and try to go out. It might feel too early but it’s an important part of the healing process.

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