10 Steps to Recover from a Divorce

By: Malini Bhatia
: June 27, 2016

Everyone who goes through divorce feels broken and lost during the first few months or even after years of trying put their life back on track. We all hope for a long and lasting relationships with the person we love. No one ever goes into a relationship and just expects it to fail. Although we all know that there is always that possibility, nothing would ever prepare you for the pain that divorce can cause you and your family.

But life has to go on, and you cannot allow your divorce to ruin all the good things that you still can do with your life. Here are some steps you can take to recover from a divorce.

woman holding wedding ring, recovering from divorce1. Do not hesitate to ask for help

Do not bottle up all your feelings and pretend that you are okay, if you are not deep inside. The people around you may not understand completely what you are going through, but it would help you a lot if you had someone around to support you through this difficult time. Surround yourself with family and friends who love you and would be willing to help you get back on your feet.

If needed, go see a therapist who can guide you in finding yourself again and help you in getting your life back on track.

2. Declutter

To help you forget the painful memories of your broken marriage, you should learn to let go of some things that will remind you of them. Dispose of all these as you also start to clear your mind of negative thoughts.

3. Keep yourself busy

It will take some time to recover from the emotional trauma caused by a divorce. Going through every day as you did before may not be ideal because you will just be reminded of the times you were still with your spouse. To prevent yourself from dwelling on those painful memories, keep yourself busy.

Some people distract themselves by putting most of their time and effort on work. Others do it by taking on new activities and hobbies where they can meet new people and experience new things. Do whatever it takes to get your mind off your problems.

4. Find yourself again

If you have been married for a long time, it may take some time to adjust to being single again. Instead of dwelling on regret about the things you gave up or the things you were not able to do during your failed marriage, take this opportunity to find yourself again and do the things you really wanted for yourself. Go for that one thing you are most passionate about.

5. Take the time to travel

A change of environment can help you with the healing process, so if you have a chance to travel, whether as a vacation or on a long-term basis, do it! If you are given the opportunity to move to a new city or country, this would be the best time to do it. It will give you a chance to start anew.

6. Give it time

They say that time heals all pain. Although some people claim that the heartache never really goes away. You just learn to deal with it through time. Either way, take it one day at a time and hopefully someday you will realize that you are ready to move on.

7. Things happen for a reason

A failed marriage is not the end of the world. Everything happens for a reason. You may not understand it now, but someday you will look back on this experience and you will realize why it had to happen.

8. Find your focus

Instead of dwelling on anger and hate, try to focus your attention to the things that should matter to you at the moment. If you have kids, make them your inspiration to work hard and give them what they need. If you do not have kids, then maybe it's time you focused on a goal that you have always wanted to achieve that you never got the chance to pursue.

9. Try to forgive

Holding onto a grudge will not help you at all. It is normal to feel all the negative feelings that come after getting a divorce, but you have to try to forgive yourself first. Do not blame yourself for your failed marriage. There are many reasons why things happened the way they did, but holding onto regret will only pull you down.

10. Do not close your doors

Lastly, do not close your doors, and allow yourself to meet new people and be open to the chance of falling in love again. Divorce is not the end of your life. Do not allow your fears to prevent you from finding your happiness.