Love After Loss: Navigating Dating with Self-Love and Strength

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Love After Loss: Navigating Dating with Self-Love and Strength 

We've all been there. Scrolling through profiles, swiping left or right, yearning for that genuine connection, but a familiar voice whispers, "Am I even ready?"or "Am I too broken to be loved?" 

When low self-esteem creeps in, dating can feel like an insurmountable hurdle. It's normal to have these feelings, and it's important to acknowledge them because entering a relationship while feeling "broken" sets both you and your potential partner up for a struggle.

The truth is, you are not broken. We all have flaws and past experiences that shape us, but they don't define us. Instead of focusing on the negative, let's shift our perspective to personal healing. This journey is about nurturing self-love and building healthy boundaries, not just for dating, but for a fulfilling life.

Facing Your Fears and Building Confidence:

It's normal to fear rejection and vulnerability after experiencing hurt. But remember, you are not defined by your past experiences. You are worthy of love, just as you are. Embrace your individuality, strengths, and flaws. Celebrate every step forward, from attending therapy to setting a healthy boundary – these are victories on your journey to self-discovery. Really get clear on what scares you about dating again? Then really question those fears. Are they even true? Can anyone really reject you? The only person that we can ever reject is ourselves. If someone is not "into us" it's because it's not an aligned connection. When it's aligned, we feel it - when it's not we question it. Don't. Get in the habit of asking yourself, how do I FEEL in this person's presence? It's not them! it's how you are feeling about YOURSELF. Really let that land. You don't fall in love with someone THAT FAST - what you do do, is fall in love with who YOU are being in their presence. Maybe you feel pretty because you're dressing up for the first time in a long time. Maybe you feel alive, because you're out laughing, doing something entirely new. It's not them, it's YOU. Remember that.

Setting Boundaries:

Boundaries are essential for healthy relationships, including the one you have with yourself. Learn to say "no" to situations that drain your energy or make you feel uncomfortable. This empowers you to prioritize your well-being and sets clear expectations for those around you. You have to know what you're available for in advance because when the love drug takes over it's easy to slip into past behaviours that didn't serve you or aren't aligned with the new life you're trying to create. Set the standard in advance. Set your standards in advance.

Seeking Connection, Not Completion:

This one is a big one. Focus on building a fulfilling life with or without a romantic partner. This allows you to approach dating from a place of self-completeness, seeking genuine connection and mutual growth instead of filling a void.

In essence date yourself first. Treat yourself the way you would like someone else to treat you, this sets the standard AND you're also giving yourself what you need so you won't be as tempted to look for someone else to do it. It should always be an upgrade because you love your own company so much. 

Navigating Specific Dating Situations:

Dating with a shaky foundation of self-worth can lead to challenges. Here are some popular scenarios and how to navigate them:

  • Radio Silence: Ahhh the sound of silence, this can be deafening, especially in the early stages of getting to know someone. It's easy to jump to conclusions, but remember, delayed responses don't define your worth. Distract yourself with an activity you enjoy and set a reasonable response time limit. If they haven't reached out within that timeframe, move on – someone truly interested will make an effort to connect.

  • Uncomfortable Conversations: Open and honest communication is essential for building healthy relationships. Don't shy away from having direct and respectful conversations about your needs and expectations, whether it's discussing intimacy, values, or setting boundaries. Phrases like "I'm really enjoying getting to know you, but I'm looking for a deeper connection before becoming physically intimate" or "It's important for me to be with someone who shares similar values like honesty and communication" can help navigate these conversations.

  • Fearing Rejection: Rejection can sting, but it's important to remember that it doesn't reflect your worth. Reframe rejection as redirection. It simply means someone wasn't the right fit for you. By having clear standards and being true to yourself, you attract individuals who are aligned with your values and ready to commit to a healthy, fulfilling relationship.

Cultivating Your Inner Strength:

  • Challenge Negative Self-Talk: After experiencing heartbreak, negative thoughts can easily creep in. When the inner critic whispers, "See, they're not texting, I'm not lovable," counter it with positive affirmations. Remind yourself, "I deserve someone who communicates freely, and I'm not going to settle for less than what I deserve."

  • Don't Take Things Personally: Busy schedules and different communication styles can lead to delays in responses or misinterpretations. Avoid jumping to conclusions and practice patience.

  • Ask Yourself: If I truly respected myself, what would I do? How would the highest version of me show up to this? ( this one is a game changer! ) 

Embracing the Journey:

  • Embrace Self-love: Talk kindly to yourself, prioritize your well-being, and say no when things don't feel right. Indulge in activities that bring you joy and make you feel good about yourself.

  • Seek Support: Don't be afraid to seek help from trusted friends, family, or even a therapist. Talking about your experiences and having a support system can be incredibly beneficial in building self-esteem and navigating past hurts.

  • Enjoy The Process: Dating can be an exciting adventure of self-discovery. You will meet all the parts of yourself that need love and attention. Approach it with an open heart, embrace new experiences, see the triggers ( remember its not "them" it's something already within you that's being activated. Get curious ) and enjoy the process of getting to know others while staying true to yourself. Dating after all is about compatibility. It's about noticing how your body reacts to certain situations and paying attention to what feels expansive and good and what doesn't. 

Remember, the most important relationship you'll ever have is with yourself. Invest in your well-being, embrace your growth, and know that genuine connection finds its way to those who prioritize self-love. You set the stage, the standard, the vibe. All of it.

You are worthy, and you deserve happiness!

Sending you so much love, 

Amanda - Chief Worthiness Officer - Worthy Wands.

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  • The reframes on the situations are really helpful. Very easy to slide into thinking we aren’t enough.

    Terry on

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