What If My Ex Finds Someone New During This No Contact Period?

A long period of no contact is important after a breakup if you want to have any chance at all, however slim, of getting back together with your ex and building a healthy, enduring relationship. A good rule of thumb is thirty days – a full month – without communication of any kind between you and your ex.

That means no texts, no calls, no emails, no activity on social media, no letters (ha ha, does anyone write letters anymore?), no visits, no driving by their house in the middle of the night (or the middle of the day), no flowers, no candy, no semaphore, no smoke signals, no telegrams – nothing at all.

But at least one of you readers out there recognizes that this is a time of peril. During this whole month of silence, of no contact, stuff could be happening. Your ex might very well meet someone new and start dating them. And what will you do then? You will have missed your chance at getting back together!

Breaking Up Means Just That

Let’s be clear about this from the beginning. You and your ex have broken up. That means your relationship, at least the romantic, sexual part of it, is over. There’s a slight chance you will stay friends, and an even slighter chance you’ll get back together. You’re starting from zero here, trying to give yourself the best possible chance to build a completely new relationship with this person.

But that’s all it is – a chance. You are rolling the dice and the odds are stacked against you much more severely than at any Las Vegas casino.

It’s no fun facing that fact, but that’s the way it is. You two broke up. Your relationship wasn’t working. It was so badly broken that one or both of you decided to abandon ship.

ex-datingSo there are many risks you will have to take if you hope to get back together with your ex. Them finding someone new to date is just one of the risks. It’s possible they might do some serious thinking during the period of silence and decide they don’t want anything more to do with you again. Or they might decide to move across the country, or around the world, to Tahiti or Timbuktu. There’s nothing you can do about these possibilities except accept that they might happen.

Focus On Yourself

Your main job during the period of silence is to focus on yourself. You need to get your life back together and fix some of the problems that led to the disintegration of your last relationship. That means you need to spend some time thinking – and that means serious thinking – about what led to the breakup and how you can change to become a different, better person so that if you do get together with your ex things will be different this time.

Another benefit of this is that even if you don’t manage to rebuild a relationship with your ex, you will have worked on making yourself a better and more attractive candidate for any future partners you meet and date — your ex included.

Back to the question that has led you to panic. Your ex has met someone else during this necessary period of separation and silence. What can you do about that?

Strictly speaking, you can’t do anything. But you don’t have to panic. Just because your ex met somebody else and went on a date or a few dates with them doesn’t mean you have no chance whatsoever of ever getting back together. It’s possible this new person might not be a long-term candidate – especially if your ex started dating them during the chaotic rebound period right after a breakup.

Relationships started on the rebound have a less-than-average chance of lasting, as most people realize. So, if you hang in there, play a long game, and focus on improving yourself and making yourself more attractive, you still have a chance.

breakup-survivalA good way to think about this situation is to turn it on its head. What if you met somebody new and fun and interesting during the first month or so after your breakup? How would you be likely to feel? And how would you want your ex to handle it if they found out about it?

Keep that in mind as you move forward. Don’t panic, and don’t do anything spiteful or rash that will certainly ruin any chance, however small, of you and your ex patching things up and starting anew.

Maintaining No Contact, Regardless

Maintain the period of no contact even if you find out your ex has met someone else. Don’t try to rush in and do “damage control” or pour out your heart to your ex. You want to keep yourself in a strong, safe position, without coming across as bullying, pleading or becoming pathetic and whiny to your ex. The best way to give your ex a good impression of you (eventually) is to stay focused on cleaning up your act.

Try learning something new – how to cook or sail or skydive or paint or speak a new language. Using your brain will give you more to talk about with your ex when you meet again, or with strangers you meet who may become your future romantic partners. Getting out there and learning and having fun with other people will also remind you of an important lesson – that you are able to have fun and enjoy your life even without your ex, even if you’re single.

Once you have truly accepted that and learned that lesson, that life goes on, and it can be a good, happy life, even without your ex, then you’ll be much more centered and relaxed. That in itself will make you more attractive to your ex and to others.

It’s kind of a Zen paradox – you have to truly let go of your ex to have any chance of ever getting them back. I know that’s probably not what you want to hear, but it is the truth. Hang on tight, bombard them with messages, overwhelm them, and you’ll come across as pathetic, or worse, as a stalker.

Let them go, even if they seem to have found someone new, and you will give yourself the greatest chance of ever getting back together.


About Jessica Raymond

Jessica Raymond, BSc, RCC, is LoveLearnings senior editor. As a relationship counselor, Jessica has helped hundreds of men and women achieve their relationship dreams. Whether it’s finding your one true love or simply charming someone on a date, Jessica's got your back! In her articles, she reveals little-known, psychological tips that will make even the coldest person chase you around like a little puppy.
4 replies
  1. Don
    Don says:

    Hey Brad,,Whats up? I just wanted to confirm all of what you say in my experience is true! I have dated over 200 woman, some of them one night stands! But the same rules apply to them , if they don’t know that they are one night stands! Your thinking,,wow that was cool, then a knock at your door and them on the other side! So you really don’t want to be rude, you let them in! You start drinking and joking and then its a two night stand! You should have made it clear after the first night that that’s all it was! Now you have made yourself more attractive, chick want what they cant have! So before you know it, they show up at your work, calling your phone and in your parking lot! So you tell them,,hey this isn’t a relationship, you know, breakfast for one! Then your a dick, and they still don’t want to get the message! As soon as they get drunk,,knock knock! I remember going out to bars and having drinks thrown in my face because I didn’t remember them or because I tried to put them on ice! Either way,,relationships are tricky! Thanks for letting me post!

    • Brad Browning
      Brad Browning says:

      Yup, that’s how it is, man! Some people need to be told more than once in order to get the message. Make sure you don’t sleep with the same woman regularly so they won’t go psycho on you. It’s either that or let them know right from the start that you aren’t looking for anything serious but I’m sure your actions already say everything. Enjoy life while you’re still young! 🙂

  2. Nagy Szilárd
    Nagy Szilárd says:

    What if she’s keep contacting me every day even if I try to do the no contact phase?
    What should I do?
    Plus she’s talking to a much older guy who is 25 and she’s 16 should I be worried that they might get together?
    And they can only meet at the weekends but they already kissed and they only met about 4-6 times
    What should I do?
    I’m 17 be 18 in 2 months

    • Brad Browning
      Brad Browning says:

      If your ex continually message you, then it’s important to put her messages into context, especially if this happened during the “no contact” phase. Is your ex trying to contact you about something really important, like an emergency, unpaid bills, or something equally urgent? If not, and your ex is really just texting some useless random stuff and/or asses her power over you, then you can just ignore & continue on with the 30-day “no contact” rule. Use your discretion. Watch and follow the tips here: How to Respond to Your Ex’s Texts and Phone Calls (And Win Them Back)


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