Relationships

Relationship issues during Covid-19 – the rebound relationship

This is article 4 of a 5 part series on dealing with mental health and relationship issues during Covid-19 in partnership with ReGain. You can check out part 1 of the series here – https://www.mydreamality.com/mental-health-issues-during-covid-19/ and part 2 here – https://www.mydreamality.com/relationship-issues-during-covid-19-intimacy/. Find Part 3 here: https://www.mydreamality.com/signs-your-marriage-is-over/ In this post we discuss 5 signs that your marriage is over.

In this series we have been discussing relationship issues that may arise during Covid-19. From identifying that there are issues to growing apart there are usually steps that lead us to the end.

But what if you are ready to move on and move forward with your life? When is it too soon to get into a new relationship, and is there even such a thing as a rebound relationship? Read more about the signs of rebound relationships here.

What is a rebound relationship?

A rebound relationship is a relationship that happens quickly after the end of another relationship. There are many reasons that people can feel the need to jump into another relationship so soon after the previous one has ended. It can be loneliness, the thought of losing the quality of life they were accustomed to, or even the misconception that a new partner is the key to “getting over” their previous one.

Whilst it doesn’t necessarily mean that going into a new relationship after a breakup is a bad idea, on some occasions it can be.

What is the problem with rebound relationships?

Rebound relationships can be problematic for all of the parties involved. For example, the person moving on may still be dealing with raw feelings and may not truly be over their previous relationship. Especially, if they are the one that tried to hold on to the relationship.

The new partner also suffers if they are under the assumption that they are starting off on the right foot, just to end up getting hurt shortly after the new relationship begins.

All in all, when things are unresolved it can lead to relationships that are messy for all of the parties involved.

How to avoid rebound relationships

Some may say that waiting for an extended period of time after your marriage or relationship is over is the best thing. But that may not be the best advice for everyone. Some people may find solace in moving on, and may feel that they are well and truly ready to leave the negativity in the past and start anew.

Moving on after the end of a relationship gets a bad rap. The most important thing to know is that it’s all personal to you. If you feel that you have healed or are well through the process of healing then you have the right to pick up the pieces and move on with your life.

I completely believe that it’s not about following the societal norms and time frames. What may be a rebound for some may not be for you. The only thing that really matters is that you are honest with yourself and that you heed your own intuitions and instincts and you’ll be fine.

Check out the rest of the articles in the series here: