1. Let’s talk about a rebound relationship
So you had an ugly break up and before completely moving on, you jumped into another relationship. While the thoughts of your ex-partner still cross your mind every alternate day, you are trying to distract yourself by dating someone. This has been going on since quite some time and now, you think you have developed a soft (and romantic) corner for your new partner. But wait, it’s a rebound relationship and you never stepped into it because you were in ‘love’, right? In fact, can love even happen in such a setup? Well, let’s understand the concept of a rebound relationship from a pragmatic lens and see if one can find true love in it or not.
2. You need to be honest to yourself
You need to be brutally honest with yourself and acknowledge all the feelings (whether it is anger, sadness, irritation, or anything else) you are going through. Nobody moves on from a break up in a day and a rebound relationship won’t be a quick-fix solution for your problem. It might help to divert your attention temporarily but it won’t help you to heal your heart.
3. When it is okay to have one!
It is okay to be in a rebound relationship only when you are on the same page with your partner. Be clear about what are your expectations from the relationship and your partner and step into it when you both have found a middle ground.
4. Yes, it can happen
Yes, gradually, it is possible that you fall in love with your partner in a rebound relationship. You may discover that you have made peace with your past and you are happily living in your present. You have realized that you share a great rapport with your partner and think of him or her as a perfect partner. But again, you have to be clear whether it is infatuation or you have actually developed genuine feelings with time.
5. But be prepared for the worst
Well, you might have fallen in love but remember, your partner might still be treating this relationship as a casual one. Hence, be prepared if your partner does not have the same set of feelings for you and is not willing to take this relationship to the next level. Also, it’s the best to part your ways when you both are not on the same page emotionally and want different things from this companionship.
6. Reflect on your past
It is very important to reflect on your past and learn the lessons from the mistakes you might have done. Do you fall in love way too soon? Are you trying to make your ex jealous by any chance? What has made you weak in knees for your present partner? Are you repeating any similar pattern or a mistake? Answering these questions would help you find clarity about your own feelings and make a more logical decision.
7. Remember this!
Before investing your time and emotions in anyone, even your romantic partner, fall in love with your own self first. Learn to enjoy your own company, pamper yourself and be your own hero at the end of the day. Self-love is the best form of love and the only way to find your inner happiness. In fact, the key to living a content life is being happy from inside, and let others just add more happiness to your already existing happy universe.