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How can I move forward after a divorce?

Dissolving a marriage can turn your world upside down – in more ways than one. However, no matter how intimidating divorce may feel, your future may be brighter than you realize.

Losing a connection with someone you love can challenge how you view yourself, and emotions such as anger and regret may haunt your thoughts. Beyond protecting your interests, making some simple changes could be what you need to move forward as a strong, independent woman.

For example, these three shifts may improve your outlook:

  • Out with the old. Cleaning and organizing might not top your to-do list, but putting things in a different perspective may help you feel better about yourself. Every woman has pieces of clothing in which they’re uncomfortable. Sort through your closet and replace old and outdated clothes with new, stylish items that fit well and – even better – don’t remind you of your ex.
  • Make healthy choices. There’s a connection between stress and physical well-being, so allow yourself some grace during this recovery period once your marriage ends. You already know working out has physical and emotional benefits. At the same time, foods like fruit, vegetable and lean protein provide the nutrition your body needs to function at its best. Instead of turning to chocolate, for example, strive to reach for life-sustaining options. Then, allow yourself to rest.
  • Embrace self-discovery. It’s relatively natural to feel like you lost a part of yourself while sharing life with another person. If you question who you are as an individual, revisit some of the hobbies you enjoyed before you tied the knot. Explore some new and different activities to increase your circle of friends while likely sparking new interests.

Accepting your relationship changes and welcoming possibilities into your existence is a process. Some days will be better than others, and that’s okay. Remember that you’ve got memories to cherish as well as a future to create.

 

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