After you get divorced, it may be difficult to adjust to your new situation. You may even experience feelings of depression, which can include persistent sadness, loss of appetite, fatigue and irritability.
Depression after a major life event, like divorce, is common and as of 2019, 19.86% of adults in the U.S. experienced some form of mental illness, states Mental Health America. The following strategies can help you work through your feelings and reinvent yourself after you end your marriage.
Lean into the grieving process
You may try to convince yourself everything is fine and that you are happier than ever after you get a divorce. But divorce is a major life change and taking time to grieve the end of your marriage is a normal thing to do. Consider talking to a therapist or counselor about what you are going through.
Figure out your finances
Your financial situation may look different after you finalize your divorce. Set up a budget, look at your investments and figure out what kind of changes you need to make now that you live on a single income.
Try something new
Divorce may inspire you to try things you would not have done in the past. Permit yourself to try something new, whether this is as simple as a new haircut or as significant as changing careers or moving to a new city.
Moving past your divorce can take time and dedication. Commit to taking better care of yourself following the end of your marriage to help yourself heal and move forward.