Are You Depressed About Being Single For So Long?
Feeling blue about being single? When things haven’t gone your way in love it’s easy to get sorrowful, sad, and cynical. Longing for a meaningful connection with another human being is valid and honorable, however, when sorrow consumes your thoughts and daily activities it’s time to admit you are depressed about being single.
This longing can feel a lot like grief; like you’re missing someone who’s not in your life yet. And the most mundane experiences can trigger feelings of loss. Simple activities like going to the movies, out to dinner, biking, or going on a walk, can all feel like they lack something when you don’t have a special someone to share it with.
The problem with feeling depressed about being single is that it can drain your motivation to make changes to your approach to seek out the love you desire. You can always change your strategies and in this case doing something new and different may lift you out of this mournful place you seem stuck in.
Lasting Love Doesn’t Just Happen
Instead of being depressed about being single, you can transform the longing you feel into action steps and make a plan to end your loneliness. Contrary to what you may believe, the real way to ensure you’re not perpetually single is to set an intention, create a plan, and implement a strategy for lasting love. This may sound somewhat unromantic, but creating love is no different from any other goal you may have in life.
In the same way that you wouldn’t expect your ideal career to simply show up in your life or wake up one day toned, fit, and beach body ready, the same is true when it comes to long-lasting love. You aren’t going to stumble onto your soulmate at Starbucks when you least expect it.
Yet somehow you have come to believe that love “magically” happens. And if it doesn’t happen magically then it’s not the “right” person.
The randomness of accidental love can leave you feeling like there is something wrong with you; like God or the Universe is conspiring against you to keep you lonely and alone. All in all, it can leave you feeling powerless to change your circumstances.
Every Goal Worth Achieving Requires A Plan
If you’re depressed about being single then the first step is to take new actions. Your circumstances won’t magically change when you least expect them to. The place to begin is with you – take a deep dive into your relationship history. Understanding your past patterns and strategies will give you insight into how to approach things differently this time around. Ultimately, you are the common denominator in all of your relationships. Acknowledging this will put you in the driver’s seat of your love life allowing you to evaluate which changes to make for yourself instead of feeling hopeless.
You do not get love from another person – you share love with them. When you step into this universal truth you can let go of those who are not a match for your growth and leave sorrow and heartbreak in the past.
As you do this exercise, you’ll want to examine all your significant relationships and look for patterns. The significance comes from your emotional investment in the relationship rather than the amount of time or commitment on the part of your ex. If you were deeply invested, it counts even if it was only a relationship for several weeks.
Step 1 – Track Your Relationship History
Answer these questions and track your replies:
- Who pursued who?
- How long did the relationship last?
- Rate the intensity for you on a scale of 1-10
- Who initiated the breakup?
- What reason(s) were given for the breakup?
Review your answers and look for patterns and/or commonalities.
Then, ask yourself:
- Are you the one who usually initiates the breakup?
- Or are you the one left feeling abandoned?
- When you did not initiate the breakup is there a common catalyst given to you by multiple partners?
By exploring your relationship patterns, you will gain valuable insight into what worked and what didn’t. These clues will highlight what you can do differently moving forward. They are the puzzle pieces you’ll need to assemble to stop feeling depressing about being single and instead go out in the world and create a new kind of relationship – one that is fulfilling and lasting.
Emotions may get stirred up for you as you go through this process. It is very important that you feel your emotions. Don’t try to hide from them or ignore them. Allow them to surface and flow through you. They won’t last.
When you’re feeling joy, or happiness, or even bliss, you don’t believe that you will feel that way forever. However, when you feel depressed about being single, it feels as if those feelings will never change, and you’ll somehow get stuck feeling badly forever. The truth is that all emotions are transitory – they will shift and change. Allow whatever feelings come up to move through your body. Simply feel them and let them go without judging them (or yourself).
Step 2 – Forgive Yourself And Your Past Partners
Going over your relationship history, you may discover some unresolved hurt, anger, sadness, or grief about those past events. These feelings might be attached to the other person, or your own behavior in the relationship. You may have even had some regrets.
This is a great opportunity to release those feelings and start fresh. One of the most powerful forgiveness practices is a Hawaiian meditation called Ho’oponopono.
Pono in Hawaiian means integrity and Ho’oponopono means coming into integrity with yourself. Doing this practice will allow you to forgive and release hurts and heartbreaks from your past relationships.
To practice Ho’oponopono, follow these steps:
- Place your palms on the center of your chest – your heart center.
- Close your eyes and picture the person you wish to focus on. This may be a past partner, or it may be an earlier version of you.
- Say these 4 phrases aloud:
- I’m sorry.
- Please forgive me.
- Thank you.
- I love you.
- Repeat for 5-10 minutes daily.
Stepping into forgiveness frees you from feeling depressed about being single and allows you to create new feelings moving forward. By releasing the negative emotions that are attached to past events you will clear your emotional deck. The events could’ve occurred yesterday or decades ago, the timeframe doesn’t really matter. You’ll be open to dating again by starting from a clean place. This time, you’re going to do it differently than you’ve done it in the past.
Step 3 – Change Your Approach To Finding Love
Most people feel depressed about being single because they suffer through dating long enough to find someone they are attracted to and then rush into exclusivity hoping it works out. And when it doesn’t, they think that they are just going to be stuck being perpetually single.
We highly recommend slowing down your selection process. Take ample time before moving into exclusivity and physical intimacy. Selecting a life partner is not something you do after a handful of dates.
Date a lot of people, and date a full range of people. Attraction is not a requirement for a date – it’s actually better to have a mix so you end up going on dates with your attraction level at a one, or ten, and everything in between. This is where you can discover about your own patterns and strategies BEFORE you commit your heart.
By dating this way, you’ll create the opportunity to collect a lot of data on yourself. These golden bits of information will ultimately lead you to make better choices and more truthful decisions about who and what makes you truly happy.
Varying your experiences through the dating process allows you to create an accurate vision of your true soul partnership. It also allows you to disregard highlighting anything you do not want. There’s no need to look out for that guy who might cheat – let your mind get clear on what you really do desire from a romantic partner.
Dating with a range of attraction levels enables you to garner a truthful set of answers on what feels right to you, rather than only dating people that inspire expectations and high hopes for longevity.
Step 4 – Enter The Dating Lab
At the end of each date, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you more able to be authentic when you are not attracted to your date?
- When you are attracted to your date do you twist into a pretzel trying to get that person to like you?
- Do you go with the flow and tolerate things just so that you come across as easy-going?
Going on a lot of dates with a variety of people will formulate the vision of the kind of relationship you desire so that it becomes crystal clear. This process will allow you to become more discerning of who you give your heart to. The experience will ensure that you stop investing in people who can never love you the way you most desire to be loved.
Remember, the person you are getting to know is a stranger. Do not put your lovability (or even your likeability) in someone else’s hands. Expecting that someone else will bestow love on you is a recipe for heartache. Having long-lasting, soul-satisfying love is an inside job – it doesn’t come from outside of you.
Step 5 – Run The Experiment
While dating, show up authentically by making requests and asking for what you want. Don’t be shy. Equally so, don’t expect the other person to read your mind. The only way to get what you want is to ask for it. You know this at work; apply the same thinking to your dating partner.
When making requests, pay close attention to how he responds to you. What happens when there are bumps in the road? When you are emotional, or the two of you have a disagreement or miscommunication, how does he behave?
How he behaves and treats you under a variety of circumstances will inform you about the kind of person he is and what it would be like to be in a relationship with him long-term.
Do not look for conflicts, and at the same time do not avoid having uncomfortable conversations. You’ll want to know if the two of you can navigate conflict together. That’s a real part of life and none of us avoids it no matter how much we want to.
Step 6 – Start To Draw Conclusions
All of this data will begin to give you a clear picture of how you want your soulmate relationship to function over the long haul. The longer you practice, the easier it will be to see what you truly desire from your beloved and what is required for you to create a true soul partnership.
Instead of feeling depressed about being single, you’ll have a plan for creating lasting love.
From there, you can more accurately evaluate which guy is a match to your vision and pleasantly walk away from the ones who are not the right fit.
When you know how you want your soulmate relationship to function and the dynamic you desire between the two of you, you’ll stop wasting time with those who are not an ideal match for you. Only when your values match with your partner’s will you create the kind of relationship that can navigate the inevitable challenges that life will bring your way and stand the test of time together.
Step 7 – Discover If You Share Values
Why are mutual values so important?
What often tears people apart is a stressful event or situation that reveals that the two of you didn’t value the same things. Knowing these important details is so much more important than the kind of movies or music you both like.
You cannot discover what someone values by asking them. You must discover what someone values by spending time with them and paying attention to how they spend their resources. People value what they spend their time, energy, and money on.
For example, someone may claim to value family and yet never spend time with their family, or never make an effort to include you in their family events. This would be a very telling red flag warning. Plus, you cannot ask someone if they value honesty as you will never get an accurate response. Trust the process and take your time discovering if you two are match long-term or not.
Step 8 – Visualize Your Soulmate Relationship
As you get clear on your ideal soulmate relationship, you want to put some time and energy into visualizing yourself living life alongside your beloved. Hold the vision of what you desire in your mind’s eye often. Begin to act as if you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your soulmate is on his way to you.
All of these steps are the preparation. The opportunity comes when you put effort into meeting new people. Then you get to road test your visualization, values, and patterns to see if this new and improved version of you lines up with how you interact on dates.
Step 9 – Put Yourself Out There
And speaking of dates, look for reasons to say “Yes!”
- Yes to a date
- Yes to online dating
- Yes to go to a party where you don’t know anyone
- Yes to being curious about people
- Yes to being set up on a blind date
- Yes to an activity you’ve never tried before
Put yourself out there and be curious and open. Be cautious about futurizing and investing your heart to a stranger. Date often but take things slowly and invest time to discover who he really is.
You cannot spot a soulmate in an online profile, so stop evaluating whether he is your guy based on his pictures or what he wrote. Nothing is real until you meet face-to-face in person. Even video chat will not enlighten you to know in advance if this guy is your “Mr. Right.” An emotional connection is established when you’re in the physical presence of the other person.
By taking your time through the dating process, you will eliminate the burnout from having short-term relationships that don’t last and going back to the dating pool discouraged and frustrated time and again.
Being depressed about being single is a temporary situation. Find hope and look for evidence of love around you. The elderly couple holding hands as they walk, the young parents taking their baby out in a stroller, a young man opening the door for his date as they enter a restaurant.
If you’ve changed your dating strategies and are still struggling to meet your soulmate, your internal GPS for love could be corrupted with bad coordinates. And if you haven’t identified and transformed your subconscious settings for love, then it is still driving your choices in all your relationships! It even affects who you have the spark of attraction with!
Isn’t it time you released these blocks to love?
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About the authors
Orna and Matthew Walters are soulmate coaches and prolific writers about love. Finding love, keeping love, healing from heartbreak, bringing in your beloved and more. They have been published on MSN, Yahoo!, YourTango, Redbook, and have been featured guest experts on BRAVO’s THE MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER with Patti Stanger, and as guests with Esther Perel speaking about love and intimacy.