Dating

11 stages to acceptance newly single women experience

It doesn't matter how long your prior relationship lasted or what went wrong, this is the cycle us newly-single women go through after a breakup. 

1. You analyse EVERY detail of what possibly went wrong.

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2. You start a new relationship ... with food and wine.

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3. You wallow...

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4. You despise all couples. Nobody dare mention the L-word, let alone partake in PDA - yuck!

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5. It hits you, that empty feeling. You feel extremely lonely.

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6. Then your angry self comes to visit. Unleash your inner Sasha Fierce -you are not held responsible for anything she says or does.

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7. You attempt to go on a bender.

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8. Until you realise all your friends are in happy relationships and won’t join in on your ‘love is the worst’ tirade.

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9. The denial stage sets in when your friends and family try to intervene.

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10. You decide let your freak flag fly.

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11. Finally, self-acceptance sets in and you come to terms with the fact that you don’t need another to define you! Well, until the next muscle man comes along.

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Words: Frances van Eeden