Why Am I Still Single and How Can I Meet Someone?
Why am I single? What could be the reason? Even the happiest of single people sometimes wonder why they're still single. It usually boils down to two things-either circumstances brought them to be single, or they're just not interested in being in a serious relationship.
Life's circumstances can sometimes be painful and unexpected. Some people are single because a spouse or beloved partner passed away. Others sought divorce for one reason or another. Many singles have done a fair amount of dating, and they really just haven't found the right one. Perhaps they haven't found the right place - they need to know where to meet single women or men in the area.
For a lot of people, it's just not the right time in their lives to be married. If they're serving in the military, they may feel that they're not home enough to sustain a loving, happy relationship. If work takes them away on many business trips, they may believe it's too much to expect for a spouse to be faithfully waiting at home for them. Some people live with a lot on their plate during certain seasons of a relationship. When you're working and going to school simultaneously, it doesn't leave much time or energy for a relationship. Perhaps one of the most difficult reasons to be newly single is that a past love has burned you, and you're just not emotionally ready to get involved with someone again.
These are some of the surface reasons that cause people to be single, but there may be deeper reasons you're single and lonely. It's possible to change your status when you know how and where to meet someone new. It's also possible that giving therapy a chance will help you get out of your funk, put yourself out there, and help meet someone.
Dig Deeper to Understand Why You Are Single
When it comes to answering that question of why you're still single, you have to realize that you have more power over your situation than you may think. If you're at a point where you're saying, "I'm tired of being single," every time you look in the mirror, you may have some internal challenges you need to face to get you past the hump of remaining single.
If you've been hurt in the past, you may have some invisible walls up to defend yourself from getting hurt again. Your walls may have even started going up before your last serious relationship ended. Potential partners can sense those invisible walls and may not want to take a chance on you.
When you lack the confidence to open up to a partner fully, sometimes it's easier to pick a partner that's not everything you feel you deserve. In some ways, it becomes easier to blame someone else if the relationship doesn't work out. This fear of intimacy can hold you back from finding your true soulmate.
You may truly desire to have a loving partner, but having an intimate relationship may cause concerns about someone else loving you too much and becoming too dependent on you. The pressure may cause you to unwittingly push a potential mate away to help you relieve your anxiety.
As you bolster your defenses, you may narrow your criteria for the perfect partner, which is to say that you become extremely, and perhaps, unfairly picky. This often happens to people who have had bad experiences in the past. It becomes easy to generalize thinking that you can trust potential partners or that they're all the same. Try to be objective with yourself and understand whether you really gave yourself a chance to get to know someone before placing them in a negative category.
When you've been out of the dating arena for too long, you can start to convince yourself that you don't have the qualities that would make you attractive to someone else. If your inner voice tells you that you're too heavy, too thin, too old, too scruffy, or just plain uninteresting, you may be pushing people away subconsciously. Your lack of confidence can lead someone to believe that you're not interested or not available.
Dating can be competitive, and if your self-esteem is low, you may believe that you'll have trouble making the list of the top few that someone else may be interested in. Is it worth the effort to try to win someone over when there might be others out there pursuing them as well? No one wants to look foolish by going after someone to lose them to someone who appears to be better than you. You have to recognize that while you may face a little competition, someone may find you a lot more interesting than you think.
You can meet someone special, but first, you have to get out of your own way, boost your confidence, and be willing to change some old habits.
How Can I Meet Someone?
The advances in technology have given us even greater ways to meet people. So many people are using dating apps that there's no longer a stigma around it. As people have gotten more familiar with technology, they've learned more on the internet to help them find people to date. To put yourself out there and give yourself the best chance of finding someone, consider adding some old-fashioned, real-life ways of meeting people.
If you ask people how they met, it's never a surprise when someone says they met online. According to Pew Research, 40 million Americans use online dating apps. About 27% of young adults use online dating sites, which is 10% more than they used in 2013. Older folks aged 55-64 years old are also using online dating apps. This age range increased dating app usage by 6% from 2013-2015.
There are other ways that you can use the internet besides dating apps. The chances are that you use social media platforms to catch up with your friends. If they post an event, they're going to ask them about it and see if you can get an invite. It will allow you to open up your circle of friends by adding their network to yours.
If public transportation is an option for you, why not try it for a week or two. Busses and trains are filled with the same people going to and from work every day. Sit by someone different with every commute and get to know them a bit. You'll be within earshot of many conversations, and it should be pretty easy to figure out who is single and who isn't.
Think of other places where you might feel comfortable being a "regular." If you go to the same coffee shop every morning, why not grab a table and catch up on some news or social media? Plenty of other people are also regulars who might take a cue from you and decide to linger around a bit at the café. Maybe you show up at the local swimming pool regularly to do some morning laps. Of course, it's easy enough to be a regular at the local bar scene. Wherever your "regular" spot is, you're sure to meet people who like some of the same things you do. If you don't meet someone, consider that single people are often healthier than married. The Journal of Women's Health showed in a 2017 study that single women have smaller waist sizes, lower BMI's, and a lower risk of smoking and alcohol than married women.
Is there a subject you've wanted to learn more about? Every community offers all kinds of opportunities for classes on cooking, gardening, computer programs, and applications, investing, etc. There are reasons you made friends years ago when you were in school. The small class size and the same people coming together year after year create a ripe forum for interesting conversations. Don't forget to take advantage of the time walking into and out of the building to strike up a conversation.
The next time you go for a walk, grab the dog leash. Many people are bound to stop you and ask what breed you have, how long you've had your dog, what his or her name is, and more. Exercising your dog allows you to ask the same set of questions to a stranger walking their dog.
Every dog owner has silly dog tales to tell, making starting conversation easy and even easier to keep them going.
Whether you're not ready to be in a relationship and don't understand why or if you're having trouble meeting someone and can't figure out why a few sessions with a professional therapist can help you figure it all out, therapists at Regain are waiting to be matched with you and help you discover how you can transition from single to being in a healthy relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is it normal to be single for a long time?
First, to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with being single. There may be a number of very personal reasons that you’re single, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Some people like to live a single life because they are goal-setting individuals, are working through life lessons, or haven’t found a potential partner that they can see themselves with long-term.
There could be a list of reasons why you’re still single, and you’ll find that as long as you don’t feel like you’re actively pushing people away or setting unrealistic expectations for your future potential partner, then things will work out.
Life isn’t only about love, relationships, and dating. If you’re still single, enjoy it and embrace the single life! Please make a list of things that you want to accomplish and focus on achieving them. Happiness is found within yourself and is something that you should strive to achieve without feeling like you have to have someone else in your life for it.
How do I stop being single?
You’ll find that your chances of meeting the person you’re meant to be with will exponentially increase when you stop worrying so much about it. Focus on goal setting, living life, and learning life lessons that you can use to better yourself. Sometimes even though we want to be in a relationship, we may not be ready for it. You have to work on yourself and decide what you’re looking for in love, relationships, and a partner.
If you’ve worked on yourself for a while and are still single and feel like you’re ready to jump back into the dating pool, then the best thing you can do is put yourself out there. Movies and media sometimes make it seem like dating are incredibly easy and that you’re going to find the perfect partner on day one.
In real life, being single and entering the dating game can be intimidating, and you’re probably not going to find the exact right person for you immediately. Dating requires a lot of trial and error, although it can be a lot easier when you know exactly what you want and don’t want in a partner.
A good place to start is by participating in activities that you love to do. If you love hiking, running, or biking, for example, it can be a great idea to join a club of like-minded people. Same with other activities such as crafting, dancing, or bird-watching. Virtually any hobby that exists will have a club or group of people that you can interact with.
At best, you might find the love of your life in such a group, and it will be a lot less awkward than speed dating, and if nothing else, you will probably wind up with a few great friends as well.
Can you be happy single?
Absolutely! The media likes to portray being single as this taboo or shameful thing when nothing can be further from the truth. Relying on another person to determine your worth or happiness is a recipe for disaster. You have to be happy in your own company and with yourself before a relationship will work in most cases.
Spend the time you’re single working on yourself and finding out your likes and dislikes and what you want out of life.
Is being single unhealthy?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being single. Being single is infinitely better than being in a bad, harmful, or toxic relationship. Being alone is completely different than being single. If you are alone with no friends and no family to support you, you are at an increased risk of mental health disorders, physical health problems, and numerous other conditions.
On the other hand, if you're single but have a wide and healthy network of friends and family to support you, then there is no correlation with an increase in health conditions or depression. The main thing to remember is that you are perfectly normal if you do not want a romantic relationship, so long as you have a healthy network of friends that you can spend time with and rely on.
Alternatively, being in a relationship and having no friends is just as unhealthy as being single without friends. Humans need a wide support system to thrive properly. Having friends and family that you can rely on, spending time with, and talking unconditionally is significantly more important than simply being with a romantic partner that you have nothing in common not to be alone.
What is the best part of being single?
Single life can be amazing! Once you realize that real life isn’t just about dating and romance, then you might find that you’re happy being single. You can do what you want when you want, and you don’t have to make plans with anyone else or provide a list of reasons you want to do it.
If you want to backpack across Europe, then go for it! If you want to decide that you want to visit every continent, do it! Nothing and no one is stopping you from doing all of the things on your bucket list when you’re single.
Of course, in a healthy, loving relationship, you’ll be able to accomplish all of the things that you’ve dreamed of as well, but when you have another person to consider, then it can be much harder to do some things. There are pros and cons to living a single life and being in a relationship, and at the end of the day, you have to decide what is best for you.
It is no one else’s decision if you’re single or not. Some people are perfectly content with casually dating their whole lives or even remaining completely single, and it's completely normal. Other people may stay with their high-school sweethearts for their entire lives. Whether you decide to remain single or not, the only thing that matters is if you’re content and happy with your life.
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