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So You’re Dating Again — Here’s How To Keep Your Mental Health In Shape

Dating has been brutal the last couple of years. Did video dating make you give up entirely? Maybe now it’s time to get back in the game.

Here's some advice from actual Talkspace therapists about how to navigate that emotional obstacle course.

1. Really know what you're looking for.

We see the clasped hands of a couple who are walking.

2. Manage expectations before you go out.

A man and a woman are sitting together and talking in a coffee shop.

3. Wait to get to know someone IRL.

4. Set a healthy pace.

Two women are talking while sitting closely together on a bench.

5. Do what you enjoy.

A man and a women are painting pottery together.

6. Monitor your self-disclosure.

A woman sits at her computer, lost in thought.

7. Keep a journal.

8. Learn what your triggers are.

Among other blocks and letters, four tiles spell out the word love.

9. Empower yourself to create boundaries.

A woman holds up her hand as if to block off the world, while holding a heart in the other hand.

10. Embrace rejection.

Contributors: Liz Kelly, LICSW; Meaghan Rice, PsyD, LPC; Cynthia Catchings, LCSW-S; Kate Roseblatt, LMHC, LPC; Dr. Amy Cirbus, LMHC, LPC.

Dating is fun and exciting, but yes, stressful. If you need help, the therapists at Talkspace are there to listen.