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Ways to get back on track after a divorce

Depending on what the process looks like for an individual, going through a separation or divorce can be a major life disruption. Getting a divorce often involves a change in living situation, an adjustment in finances, and a change in the amount of time that you spend with any minor children you have with your ex-spouse.

Returning to some semblance of normal after any big life event is important for maintaining good mental health. Here are some ways to get back on track after a divorce.

Keep in touch with friends and family

Whether your marriage lasted for a long or short period of time, it can be lonely to suddenly be the only adult in the household. This is why it is especially important during this time to keep friends and family around as much as possible. If most of the people that you are close to live far away, arrange regular phone or video chats.

Try something new

Take being newly single as a time to try something new that you would have never considered doing during the unhappy years of your marriage. If you want to travel someplace exciting and have the means to do so, go for it. But consider smaller things too, such as taking a free course in a subject that interests you or taking up a new sport.

Divorce is difficult, and it is perfectly okay to feel sad and grieve the time you had with your former spouse. However, it is also important for your well-being to focus on the next chapter of your life.