five ways to handle bumping into an ex and his/her new mate

Here are five ways to handle the situation when bumping into an ex and his/her new mate, according to Dating and Personals:

  1. Put a smile on your face and say hello. Introduce yourself, but make the conversation brief. This will take two minutes; you can fall apart right after. Be the adult and act gracious and pleasant - to both of them.
  2. Say a quick hello and make up an excuse that you're in a rush to meet someone. This will get you out of there fast and possibly make him/her wonder who you're meeting.
  3. If you're in the same place for a length of time, acknowledge him/her in the moment, but wait until his/her mate goes to the bathroom before you actually approach and say hello.
  4. If stopping to talk is too difficult, you can make eye contact with him/her and simply nod or wave. No one says you have to talk.
  5. If at any moment you feel like you are going to get upset, turn around and leave quietly. If you know you can't handle it - just go.