How Long to Wait to Talk After a Breakup

In some cases, it may be best not to resume contact.
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After a relationship ends, young people may find themselves feeling depressed, lonely and anxious. These feelings are a rite of passage for those dealing with a romantic breakup. However, you may also wonder if -- or when -- it is appropriate to get back in touch with your former partner.

1 When Can We Talk?

Teens and 20-somethings may feel the urge to start calling, texting and emailing immediately after the breakup, but in most cases, it is wise to hold off. If you have processed why the breakup happened, and you do not have expectations of your contact leading to something more, it may be acceptable to contact your ex, according to the Center for Young Women's Health. Keep the contact less intrusive, too -- sending an email or two no sooner than a month after the breakup can give your partner the chance to respond, or not, in a relaxed manner, according to "Psychology Today" writer and clinical psychologist, Seth Meyers.

Candice Coleman worked in the public school system as a middle school and high school substitute teacher. In addition to teaching, she is also a tutor for high school and college students.