Being single and dating around can be the most freeing, joyful feeling in the world — or it can be totally effing exhausting. And, if you try to keep pushing through the exhaustion, you can end up feeling completely burned out.
“Dating burnout is a lot like job burnout," Esther Boykin, licensed love and relationship therapist, tells Bustle. “What was once fun and exhilarating has become exhausting, frustrating, and overwhelming. Over the course of normal dating, people will experience moments of frustration or exhaustion but when those feelings become the primary response to even the idea of a date, burnout has definitely set in.”
It's not a great feeling, but luckily, if you see the frustration starting to build, you can take a break before you reach the total burnout stage. But admitting that you feel tired of dating and just totally over all the crap that can come with it is tough, especially if meeting someone is important to you. But you're not alone — so many of us get exasperated and tired of the dating merry-go-round.
If you're feeling that way, take a step back and let yourself recharge. And while you're waiting to feel ready to jump back in the dating game, some music therapy might help soothe the soul. Here are 11 playlists for when you're totally over dating because, whether you're angry, annoyed, or just plain exhausted, there's something out there for you.