Re: When is the right time to start dating again?
Dating to fill the emotional hole left by your partner is never a good idea. Moreover, most experienced adults can see that person a mile away ... which if you do choose to date can lead to even further rejection.
As others have mentioned. Get square with yourself.
If you are experiencing long periods of melancholy because your spouse left, you are no where near ready to date.
Work out. Go to the gym. If you already go, check with a trainer and change your workouts. If you don't go ... start.
This is huge. It is often better than, and cheaper than therapy.
Decide what you want from dating. Do not go heavy and deep right out of the gate. It's a big mistake. Get comfortable being in the company of, and simply talking with women with no expectations beyond that.
Be honest. Which leads to another issue. If you are on a dating site and list yourself as 'separated', women aren't going to want to touch you with a ten foot pole.
Focus your efforts and energy into strengthening your 'core'. You are ending a marriage. That's a rough ride. But do it. End it, don't waffle. Don't wait and see what she wants, or respond to what you think she is going to do.
Decide what YOU are going to do. And if you still feel like you want reconciliation, then you are not in the place to be considering dating.
But, I will also tell you, that dating is an excellent tool to learn about yourself. What you want and what you don't want.