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Tips on how to emotionally survive divorce

Divorce is one of the most emotionally draining experiences a person can have, and in this respect, it is generally harder on women. You are used to being one half of a couple, so becoming a single person again is a difficult prospect. The whole situation can seem overwhelming, but you can make it much easier to deal with if you believe in yourself and look to the future with hope and confidence. Here are a few tips to help you do that.

Develop a support group

If you know people who have weathered divorce, they will likely tell you that one thing that helped them through was having a network of supportive people. Family and friends are at the head of the list, but you can also turn to members of the clergy or get involved with divorce or parenting groups. If you feel you could use professional counseling, do not hesitate to contact a therapist. All these people can have a role in your healing process, and their love, advice and friendship will help immeasurably as you go forward into your new life.

Resolve to stay active

Moping about a lost love is for teenagers. It is fine for you to want to spend some quality time alone. Perhaps you want to meditate in your bedroom or practice yoga on the beach. However, remember that you now have more time for yourself and countless ways to use it. Pursue your interests, get out in the world, go places and do things. Some newly divorced people turn to volunteering, finding that helping others is a good way to keep from feeling sorry for themselves. In many respects, divorce opens doors. Exploring the unknown does not always have to be frightening; it can be exciting and rewarding as well.

Lessen the impact on your children

If you have children, your first thoughts will be for them and how they will be affected by the divorce. No matter their ages, they will find this new situation very difficult. Be sure you do not criticize your ex-spouse in front of the kids, and avoid situations that could make the children feel they must take sides. They will be spending part of their time with you and part with your ex. Both of you need to do everything you can to ease the transition and make sure your children understand that you love them as much as ever.

Become informed about your divorce

Divorce is not something that happens in a day; it is a process. An attorney experienced in family law and divorce matters will be able to help you through it. Learn all you can and do not be afraid to ask questions. Be sure that you understand all the choices before you make any decisions. Be open to recommendations and remember that this is a new day. Make the most of it.

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