Knowing how to be single is an essential life skill. There are so many benefits to being single, from learning about who you are as an independent person to holding out for what you really want in a relationship. The fact is, being single is great. "As a single woman, you should remind yourself that you have an amazing life," dating expert Noah Van Hochman tells Bustle. "Let your confidence in your own life exude into everything around you... Happiness and confidence attracts the same. Know that the right man [or woman] for you may be the very next person you date."
But some people still really struggle with being on their own. Maybe they've never done it for very long, maybe when they are single they just obsess over getting into a relationship— but some people never just settle into the rhythms of being single and standing on their own two feet. But without that skill, you'll never discover your potential and see how independent you can be— and you can easily end up getting into lackluster relationship. Because relationships are great when they work, but they can also be really unhealthy and a total drain. And you deserve way better than that. So here are the signs that you need to learn how to be single, because it should never feel like a chore— it's an opportunity.