Following a divorce, loneliness is one of the most common feelings people experience. After spending almost every waking moment with your significant other, including meals, free time, and even sleep, making the transition back to single life can be challenging. Whether or not you and your spouse got along, when you’re suddenly alone at home, the silence can be deafening.
While it can be tempting to isolate yourself and shut everyone out, it’s much better for your mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing if you stay engaged in friendships, community events, and other activities. Individuals who isolate are more likely to experience feelings of depression, anxiety, and general hopelessness.
Don’t get us wrong. We aren’t suggesting you jump back into the dating scene or start looking for a new romantic partner right away. We’re merely suggesting it’s healthy to push past negative feelings and be brave. You can do something as simple as grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend or trying a new activity like square dancing or kayaking.
Now that you’re single again, you have an opportunity to focus on you and only you. Embrace this opportunity and use it to learn and grow. Have a positive outlook and stay engaged, and before you know it, you’ll be feeling like your old self again!