To put it simply, divorce is never easy. Whatever the cause, if you choose to get out of the relationship or it came as a surprise, the end to a significant committed relationship can be a jarring experience that creates all kinds of negative emotions. However, there are ways to get through such a painful part of life. Even in this period of mourning and stress, it is an opportunity to learn and grow and to become stronger and wiser.
The Pain of Divorce
Divorce can be a painful process because it creates a sense of loss, either in the sense of losing a relationship, commitment or dreams. Even if it was a bad relationship, a marriage is founded on romantic love and hope for the future. The loss of such an ideal can create feelings of disappointment, guilt, and grief.
Divorce can also cause significant chaos and uncertainty for the future. The loss of a spouse greatly changes aspects around your home, daily routine, extended friends and family, and even your sense of identity. Divorce can be a loss of financial, social or emotional support. A great sense of fear is created with so many unknowns.
The Recovery Process
Recovering from a divorce is much like going through the grieving process. Intense feelings of sadness, frustration, confusion, and anxiousness for the future are normal and will lessen over time. It can be scary to feel such intense emotions, but fighting these emotions will only prolong the process. Realize that because of your grief, you may not be working at your optimum level for awhile and that it’s all right. Always remind yourself that you can and will move on, and that you do have a future. However, if you find that if your feelings of grief aren’t lifting over time, you may be suffering from depression.
Remember that you never have to go through hard times alone. Share how you feel with trusted friends and family. Those that have also gone through a painful divorce could give insightful advice. Even if you feel like being alone and it’s hard to talk about your emotions with others, knowing that they are aware with what’s happening will help you feel less alone. Isolation will only exacerbate things.
If reaching out to others is difficult for you or you have lost your social network due to divorce, counseling or support groups that can help you get through as well.
Take Care of Yourself
The stress and strain of a divorce can leave you feeling emotional and physically vulnerable, so it’s vital that you take care of yourself. Make sure to get enough rest and minimize any stressors if you can. Take a little time for what is best for you even if they may be different from your ex or others. Getting back into a routine can help limit stress. Avoid making major decisions that could be affected by emotions like changing jobs or moving. Also avoid self-destructive habits like overeating, drugs or alcohol during this time.
Hope and Change
Life may be hard for now, but that doesn’t mean that it will always stay this way; circumstances will always change. In order to move on, you need to consider the overall relationship and the role you played in it. Ask yourself how you may have contributed to problems, develop the ability to accept others as they are or determine if you’re unable to handle conflict or stress well. Be honest, but don’t beat yourself up or put all the blame on someone else. Objective self-evaluation will help you understand how things went wrong and make better choices in the future. Learning from your mistakes is the way to self-improvement.
Most of all remember that for every end there is also a beginning.
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