Use this time wisely: focus on yourself and find out who you are and what you like. Life doesn’t normally give us much time to do this. If things aren’t working out in your dating search, reconsider what you need and what you are looking for; are you repeatedly making the same mistakes?

Get support in the form of family, friends or a matchmaker: it’s so valuable to have another opinion on such an important decision. It’s too close to your heart for you to be able to judge it objectively by yourself.

Single people often have a ‘type’ they think would suit them. I often have to challenge this, as it shuts off so many really great potential suitors. I think there are many potential partners out there for everyone; with a considerate and loving partner, their faults will be acceptable, as will yours be to them.