You think breaking up is hard to do? Figuring out how to know if you’re ready to date again is even harder. If you’re just coming out of a long term relationship, a difficult divorce, or you haven’t be in a relationship in a really long time, it can be hard to tell if you’re ready to date again. But life goes on, whether it feels like it or not, and sooner or later, you start to feel the urge to pick yourself up again and get back into the dating game. How you move forward really depends on your current state and your past relationship. For some, it might be easier to get back into the dating scene, while for others, it might take longer than expected. The best time and way to start dating again is when you’re not seeking the affirmation of someone else, but feel confident in your own skin and in the direction you’re moving in. No matter how confident you are, though, you and only you will know when you’re truly ready to jump back in. Before you take the plunge, here are five questions that will tell you if you’re ready to date.