For some people, being single comes really easily, while others seem to always be in a relationship. For people who are normally coupled up, learning to be single for the first time in a long time can feel like a major challenge — but it doesn't have to be. If you open your mind and spend some time flying solo, you may just learn to love it. And really, it can be such a learning experience, regardless of whether it's a phase or something more long-term. "I think being single is an exercise that every person should go through at some point in their adult life," psychologist Dr. Nikki Martinez tells Bustle. "It is a time that gives us the distance and clarity that we need to get to know who we truly are as a person."
You may also realize that you prefer being alone, and that's totally OK, too. But no matter what you find out about yourself, spending time on your own and discovering your priorities is really important.
So if you're used to being in a relationship and find being single difficult, give yourself some time to adjust. It may take some time to used to, but it's totally worth it. Here's what you need to remember to learn to be happy single, according to experts.