Breakup Survival

Week Two: Surveying the (Newly) Single You

The rubble begins to settle. The dust clears. The shock starts to wear away -- leaving you to face the project of rebuilding your life. You've been through a big change, an event that has probably had a profound impact on the way you see yourself. You may still feel wounded and vulnerable, or you may be anxious to move on and see what new people, experiences, and possibilities await you. Both of these mindsets are common. But if you've moved past the turbulent emotional state that defines ground zero, you've arrived at an opportunity to decide just who the post-breakup you is, and who you would like her to be.

Rebuilding can seem like a daunting task. And in truth, it isn't all that easy. It's uncomfortable to be faced with so much change at once. You may struggle financially. You'll probably lose some people from your life. And you'll be faced with a new single self -- someone you have to redefine and get to know, someone different from who you're used to being.

As a newly single woman, one option is hitting the swinging scene of casual -- yet safe -- sex.

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