Going through divorce makes many women go through an identity crisis and act out of character or get into another relationship before they have healed. Rather than acting out in pain and confusion, it is better to use the first months and years after a divorce to prepare for the next step. Divorce is not the end as there is always hope for a good life after divorce. Read on to find out 5 ways you can rebuild and become a better person and mother.
Take time to grieve
Divorce may cause grief and with it all the stages of grief namely; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The broken dreams and vows and the shock of starting over can lead to a sense of hopelessness. It is important to allow yourself to process these feelings because ignoring them will delay your healing journey. Turning a blind eye to your grief will also cause more stress and instability that will be unhealthy for your children to see. Find people whom you can vent to and that will support you through your different stages of grief.
Regain your individual identity
It is easy to lose yourself after a divorce, therefore, try and find yourself again and the things you love. Remember to love and respect yourself as you are still worthy. Work on the traits that have helped you so far in life and cultivate them while avoiding the habits that have hurt you in the past. This will also help you determine and understand what you expect and what you will need in your next relationship.
Build a network of friends
While life after a divorce may feel lonely, it doesn’t have to be. Keep your friends close and maintain relationships with them if they are willing to be there for you during this tough moment. Try and also find new ones that understand what you may be going through and ones that will keep you positive and help you grow.
Shifting to a single-income household will be hard and miserable as you become adjusted to your new life. Even with child support and possible alimony payments, you will need to seriously relook your budget to accommodate your new lifestyle. Being bitter about your condition will hurt your family but you will need to make budget cuts and lifestyle changes to avoid drowning in debt.
Set goals and make a bucket list
A divorce is a chance to start over. You can do this by first determining your priorities and now using them to set goals that will help you become a better version of yourself. If you want to become a better mother, work on that. If you want to become happier, determine what you need to make you happy. Work on being a woman that is prepared to give happiness and success a chance. Try new things.