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How to Emotionally Recover from Divorce
by Kim Hess

Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult things that you will encounter.  Acknowledging and accepting your feelings is the first step towards healing.  Recovering emotionally is not an easy task, but one that can be done successfully to ensure a whole, happy life with proper time and healing.

Get Rid of It

Begin the road to emotional recovery by emptying non-essentials from your life. Rid yourself of possessions that hold negative memories, clean out your closets and throw out items and clothes that remind you of your former spouse.  Most importantly, free yourself from negative people who do not offer you support during the difficult time of divorce.

Take Care of Yourself

Staying physically fit will help you survive emotionally during and after your divorce. Exercise as much as you can. If you are not able to go exercise at a gym, take a brisk walk around the neighborhood or do some gardening outside. If you have a dog, try taking him out for a short walk every day. Exercise increase blood flow and produces endorphins that will promote a positive attitude.  Deep breathing, meditation, taking vitamins, and getting enough sleep will also assure that your physical health assists in your mental and emotional well being.

Rely on a Network

It is important to build a group of friends and family to support you during this process.  It is helpful to also include counselors, therapists, clergy, and support groups to help you succeed on your path to recovery.  The people in your network will add strength your life, at a time when you need someone to keep you standing strong.

Take it Slow

You have invested so much emotionally in your marriage, and now in your divorce.  Take your time before exploring the dating world and put that emotion into building yourself back up. Consider pursuing a fun new hobby, taking a class, joining a support group or journaling.  These activities will direct you to new outlets which will help you feel better about yourself and your situation.

The healing process is different for everyone and the time it takes to recover varies. Remember to be patient with yourself and not push too hard to “feel normal” again.  Recovering emotionally doesn’t just mean feeling the way you felt before your divorce.  Sometimes recovery is as simple as picking yourself up and continuing to move on no matter how fast or slow you move.

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