5 Reasons you SHOULD have a rebound relationship

Mariah CareyIt's only been a little over a month since Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon confirmed their split, but it looks like Mariah is ready to get on the rebound. And you won't believe who she's sought out to help her. Apparently, rapper and longtime friend, Nas. That's right, Mimi is hoping her pal will play matchmaker and set her up with a date or a hook up. Isn't it a little too soon for this?

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"[She] texted Nas, wondering if he had any friends she could go out with--or even just hook up with," an insider told Us Weekly. "But Nas is nervous to introduce her to anyone." Hmmm ... I wonder why. Mariah is clearly on the rebound and who could blame her?  After outing Nick for cheating while singing Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain during one of her live performances in Tokyo, it's obvious the poor girl is hurting. She's probably doing everything in her power to move on. And you know what they say, the best way to get over one man is to get under another.

I used to think that rebound relationships were a complete waste of time. But if you think about it, they really aren't. Yes it's important to give yourself time to heal, but I don't think you necessarily have to abstain from seeing someone new until you've emotionally recovered. Sometimes a rebound is exactly what you need to move on. Here are 5 reasons why having a rebound relationship isn't such a bad idea!

It will take your mind off of your ex: I don't know about you but after a breakup I can't seem to think about anything else. I replay conversations in my head and I obsess over everything that went wrong. It's not healthy and it WILL drive you loca! Even if it amounts to nothing, at least a rebound will get your mind off of your ex.

It reminds you that there's plenty of other guys out there: It might sound corny, but there are plenty of other fish in the sea. That's what you need to keep reminding yourself. There's a reason why your last relationship didn't work. Try dating guys who are the complete opposite of your ex. A new date might help boost up your ego or make you laugh the way your boring--cough--ex couldn't.

It can be fun: Dating doesn't have to be about finding "the one." It's about meeting new people and having a good time. If you go in with that mindset then you'll probably enjoy it.

It can help you figure out what you want: I always say the only way you can know what you want in a relationship is to figure out exactly what you don't want. Was your ex insecure and unstable? Then make sure the next one is secure and stable. It's like that perfect pair of shoes. You have to try on a few crappy ones until you finally find the right fit.

It can turn into a real relationship: I definitely don't recommend jumping from one serious relationship to another. But I have seen rebound relationships turn into real, long-term committed relationships. It's rare but it does happen. Regardless, you shouldn't go into one with these expectations. Accept it for what it is and try to enjoy it for what it is.

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