Moving On: 5 Ways to Adjust to Life Following Divorce

Going through a divorce can be terribly difficult. After the divorce is finalized, however, some people experience a sense of disappointment because they don’t really feel better about it being done. This is often because they had focused so much time and energy on ending the marriage that they hadn’t thought much about what will come next. The following five tips can help you adjust to your new life after your divorce is finalized.

Join Some Clubs or Groups

The worst thing you can do is just sit around and think about the past. Joining new clubs or groups that do things that you are interested in (or may become interested in) can help you occupied. These types of activities are also a great way to meet new friends. There are many post-divorce clubs and groups in most areas, but that isn’t your only option. Finding an adult sports league, an art club, or anything else will help keep your mind and body occupied.

Get Your Finances in Order

A divorce affects just about every aspect of your life, but few areas of life will change more than your finances. Now that you are completely on your own, you need to make sure you are putting in the necessary time and effort to enjoy a healthy financial future. This starts with making sure you’re paying all your bills on time, but also includes making investments for the future and taking steps to protect the assets you already have. Whether you do this on your own, take a financial responsibility class, or work with professionals, maintaining financial health is critical.

Plan for the Future

Another way to avoid the trap of dwelling on the past is to plan for your future. There are many ways that this can be done. Start planning a great vacation that you can take in the following year. Think about going back to school to get a degree you’ve always wanted. Start researching the possibility of buying a dream cottage. Keeping your mind focused on the future can help improve your overall mental well-being and give you something to work for.

Consider Giving Back

While a lot of people (including us) recommend focusing on yourself and taking care of your emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual well-being, it can also be very helpful to focus on others. Many people have found that volunteering for charities that you are interested in can be extraordinarily beneficial for those who are just exiting a divorce. Volunteering can help you improve your sense of self-worth, prove to yourself that you are able to help others, and give you something to focus your newly freed up time and energy on.

Don’t Rush into Dating

Many people try to start dating immediately after their divorce is finalized. While this is fine for some people, others will find that it really causes more pain than relief. Take your time and try to focus on yourself for a while. Don’t let other people try to rush you into something you’re not yet ready for. If you do decide to date, take it slow and make sure you’re making the best decision for yourself.

We know how difficult divorce can be. If you’re considering taking this step, please contact Entrust Legal to schedule a consultation today.

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Christine focuses her practice on helping families and couples in a range of family law and family formation matters, including child custody and support, spousal support (alimony), dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, division of property, and assisted reproduction.

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