When a marriage ends, it’s normal for both parties to isolate. This process allows for reflection, recovery, and personal growth, but at some point, it should come to an end. This doesn’t always happen, though.
In some cases, divorced individuals isolate themselves completely, cutting off family and friends while ruminating on the bad feelings and thoughts associated with the end of their relationship. Does this sound familiar? If so, there is no need to feel bad or ashamed, but know that there are steps you can take in order to reconnect with your social life and start enjoying yourself again.
Join a Meetup. Does the thought of attending a major social event like a concert or sports game make you anxious? Then consider joining a MeetUp! These groups allow you to collaborate with individuals that share similar interests and cover a wide variety of topics including quilting and vinyl records to tarot card reading. Visit one or visit five and see what happens. These no-pressure, small group settings are an easy way to reintroduce yourself to the outside world.
Visit the local library. 21st Century libraries are more than just a place to check out the latest Stephen King book, they also provide training seminars, business presentations, author meet-and-greets and more! Attend a community mixer or give a presentation on your area of business expertise. One thing’s for sure — the library will help you flourish.
Volunteer at a local animal shelter. It’s often our furry friends who help us through the difficult times in our lives, so if you’re still unsure about interacting with people, consider volunteering your time at a local animal shelter. This exposure to unconditional love can help heal your heart, while providing the daily encouragement you need to keep on keeping on.