Ending a marriage is one of the hardest things a person will likely ever do in their life. Divorce does not end when you sign the papers, divorce only ends when you have found and settled into your new normal.

This applies more to people who have been married for many years and especially when there are children involved, but all divorces are hard. Reshaping your life in the aftermath of divorce is a sensitive and painful process, so be prepared to shed many tears.

Here are five ways to help you adjust to life after divorce:

  1. Lean On Friends

Your support system will be critical for the first few months – and perhaps even longer if your divorce is messy and complicated. If you have children, this step will never end. Being suddenly pushed into single-parent life (or co-parent life, at best) is not easy.

That is not to say that it is impossible, there are many households run by single parents, and they are even happier than their two-parented counterparts. Learn to lean on your friends in your time of need – they will be more than happy to help.

  1. Rediscover Your Individuality

Many couples lose themselves in their marriage. For some people, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing – but it isn’t necessarily healthy either. A healthy relationship is created by two individuals who come together by choice and not by necessity.

Take time to rediscover who you are as a person through hobbies and sports – that is the only way to find your happiness again. Don’t rely on someone else to make you happy; happiness should always come from the inside. Granted, you can have it enhanced by others – but that should be all.

  1. Take Your Time

Divorce may not be a person dying, but, in essence, it does signal the death of a relationship. Or, at least, it is the death of that relationship as you knew it. Take your time to navigate your grief journey – what works for others is not guaranteed to work for you.

Take time to learn new things and start a new hobby if you need a distraction from time to time. Browse the articles on sites like www.topresearched.com, you’ll be surprised at how much you can learn and keep your mind off your personal affairs.

  1. Never Stalk Your Ex

As tempting as it may be, especially after a few glasses of wine, you should never stalk your ex. As mentioned in the step above, what works for one person is not guaranteed to work for another.

Following your ex’s every move on their social media pages is never a good idea. Stick to productive ways of spending your time instead – it will save you a lot of heartache and anger if they happen to move on before you.

  1. Redecorate, Redesign, and Reinvent

A new life means a new you and a new home. Take time to redecorate your home to suit your taste. Your surrounding will directly impact your mood and mental wellbeing, so instead of moping around the same old room, go ahead and create a new one.

Change is an indescribably powerful tool after a divorce, now is the time to start living the life you’ve likely denied yourself for years.