Divorce represents a major change in your life. After you finalize your divorce, you may find it difficult to move on and may even experience a period of depression.
According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, depression affects more than 16.1 adults in the U.S., so it is not uncommon to feel down after you end your marriage. But the following strategies can help you move forward and reinvent yourself following your divorce.
1. Let yourself mourn
Even if you and your former spouse had an amicable divorce, ending your marriage still represents a loss in your life. Give yourself time to mourn the end of your marriage and the loss of this relationship. You may also want to meet with a counselor or therapist to work through your feelings.
2. Try something new
Divorce provides a fresh beginning, so let yourself try something new. For example, you could go back to school, try out a new hairstyle, change your career or participate in a hobby you have always wanted to try.
3. Embrace new roles
You and your former spouse may have handled different responsibilities during your marriage. As you take on different roles following your divorce, look at this as an opportunity to learn new things and enhance your skillset.
Figuring out life as a newly single person can take time. Although it may take some getting used to, moving on after you get divorced can mark an exciting and happy new phase in your life.