This isn't a great time to contact someone new. You'll take things too seriously, and you could actually unwittingly attract controlling types who would make you miserable if you were to get romantically involved with them. If you do go out with someone new, don't be surprised if both of you are frustrated with your interaction.
It will be hard to get to know them as they are, because you'll be in self-defense mode without even realizing it. Chances are good that you'll need to defend yourself, for you'll find that you're getting involved with people who will criticize you, without knowing you or what's important to you! Instead of getting into an argument, you'd be much better off just calling a spade a spade. While you shouldn't be too judgmental of anyone during this period, since you're likely to get the wrong impression, you also shouldn't try to force a connection that's just not there. In fact, you'd be much better off waiting a week or two until this tricky influence passes. You've waited this long to find that special someone; you can stand to wait a few more days before contacting someone new.