1. Create a Routine
Many people underestimate the power of a productive routine. If you’re going through a divorce, you may find you have a lot more free time than you’re typically used to. Use this free time to become better! Set your alarm 30 minutes early and go for a brisk walk outside. Go see any movie you want on Wednesday nights. Anything that makes you happy and gives your life some structure.
2. Start Eating Healthy
Treat your body like it a machine. You wouldn’t put cheap gas in a Ferrari, would you? So why fill your body with junk food? You only get one body in this life, and you can’t trade it in if you mess it up. It’s time to start treating your body like you would treat an expensive luxury item. Be responsible and take care of it! You will be grateful later.
3. Join a Gym and Start to Work Out
This piggy-backs off of #2 above. Treat your body well! Not only does exercise release endorphins, it can do wonders for your physique. Now that you will be back on the market, even if you don’t want to be there, it’s time to start caring about your appearance again. Hopefully, this becomes a lifelong habit and you continue to take care of yourself during your next relationship. In addition to the outside benefits of exercise, you will also reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health issues that can come with being sedentary or overweight.
4. Suspend Social Media
There is no doubt that FOMO (fear of missing out) can strain a marriage, but the damage it can do during a divorce may be even worse. If you find yourself immersed in social media, lost on someone’s page you don’t even know, yearning to be where they are and living the life they are living, then you need to stop. Similarly, if you find yourself stalking your soon-to-be-ex and his/her friends, you need to stop. There is nothing worse for your recovery from a divorce than worrying about what your soon-to-be-ex is doing. You wouldn’t rub salt into an open wound, would you? It’s time to start moving on with your life and making sure your soon-to-be-ex is just a memory.
5. Reunite with Friends and Family
Couples tend to let their respective relationships with friends and family go to the wayside once they marry. This is a common occurrence that most people don’t realize can actually do damage to their marriage. Nevertheless, there is something very therapeutic about reuniting with your friends and family during a divorce. You may be surprised where you find the most support during one of the most difficult times in your life. If you’re worried because you haven’t talked to someone in years, take the risk and reach out to that person, you might be surprised at their willingness to support you.