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How to start over after a divorce

September 18, 2017 - Relationship Articles
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Divorce certainly brings challenges, yet any life change brings the opportunity to start afresh. There are many ways in which you can rebuild your life after divorce, whether it be in your personal or professional life.

The key points addressed in this divorce guide are:

  • What to do after a divorce
  • How to reinvent yourself after a divorce
  • How to start a new career after divorce
  • How to date after a divorce
  • The financial side of starting over

 

WHAT TO DO AFTER DIVORCE?

The first few months of divorce can be a bit of a blur. With the logistics of the actual separation being at the forefront of your mind, you arguably don’t have much time or energy to consider: what’s next?

To help you get started rebuilding your life after divorce, we have put together our top 10 tips to starting over:

  1. Establish what your life goals are
  2. Make a plan
  3. Be realistic
  4. Try something new
  5. Be prepared to work hard and be persistent
  6. Ask friends for advice
  7. Start a new career
  8. Get back into dating
  9. Be financially prepared
  10. Make some extra cash to be on the safe side

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1. ESTABLISH WHAT YOUR LIFE GOALS ARE

If you have always had lifelong goals that perhaps the nature of your marriage did not allow you to fulfill, then now is the time to explore those options. This could be anything from a career change to travelling the world. Start off by considering the following:

  • What are my long term and short-term goals?
  • How can I achieve these goals?
  • Are my goals realistic?
  • Do I know anyone that can help me?
  • Can I financially afford the costs of these goals?

 

2. MAKE A PLAN

A good idea is to write down the steps you need to take in order to make your dreams become a feasible reality. Once you have made a plan, see what steps you should take next and talk to people around you who may be able to offer advice or help you fulfill your goal. Don’t be afraid to ask around for advice.

 

3. BE REALISTIC

You may want to get in better shape or you may want to start a new career. Either way, think about how long you have wanted this for, as this will help you decide whether it is a real, long-term ambition or a fleeting idea. Avoid setting yourself up for failure by being overly ambitious. Set realistic targets you can work towards and achieve without feeling overwhelmed or disheartened.

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4. TRY SOMETHING NEW

Wondering how to reinvent yourself after a divorce? Start small. If you want to reinvent yourself through a new haircut or new wardrobe, then now is the time. No relationship should stop you from trying something new but if you haven’t had the time to focus on yourself, it is time to indulge in your own dreams a little!

However, there are different approaches to reinventing yourself and it may be more complex than simply changing your look. Start off by making note of what you like about yourself and your life as it is. This will give you some perspective into what is working for you and what you would like to change. Then see what aspects of your life you would like to change and consider how long you have felt that way.

 

5. BE PREPARED TO WORK HARD AND BE PERSISTENT

If you are ready to make a change, write out of a plan of action for yourself and make sure to stick to timings. It might be 20 minutes a day working towards your goal and figuring out how to achieve them, or it could be setting aside a day a week. Just make sure you make a plan for yourself and stick to your aims for each moment you set apart to work on your goals. No matter how you want to reinvent yourself, be prepared to work hard and be persistent.

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6. ASK FRIENDS FOR ADVICE

Divorce can feel isolating and lonely at times. Don’t be afraid to turn to friends and family members for support. Surrounding yourself by right people can make the process less daunting. You may have friends who have previously gone through a divorce, understand what you are going through and have helpful advice that you could benefit from. The bottom line is: do not be afraid to ask for help.

 

7. HOW TO START A NEW CAREER AFTER DIVORCE

Starting a new career after a divorce is a great way of starting over. Not only does it give you a new focus, but it allows you to try a new career path that perhaps you would have never otherwise seriously considered. Relationships can be great, but if you have an unsupportive partner or your lifestyle won’t allow for you to change careers, being single means you can independently make decisions for yourself.

If you are going to commit to a new career, make sure it’s a financially viable option, that you are passionate about your new field, and be prepared to work hard for it.

 

8. HOW TO DATE AFTER DIVORCE

Dating is supposed to be fun, so don’t feel pressured to reenter the dating scene until you feel excited about the possibilities. Once we leave education, it becomes harder to meet people as our social circles become smaller. However, online dating is no longer taboo so why not sign up to a free website such as E-Harmony to try to find your match? Dating sites will match you based on your profile and what you are looking for, so the chances are that you will find someone who meets your needs and has similar interests to you.

The most important part of dating after a divorce is to establish what didn’t work in your last relationship so you know what to avoid next time around. And always be open minded!

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9. THE FINANCIAL SIDE TO STARTING OVER

This is the part you probably don’t want to think about. However, it is crucial to take into consideration the financial aspects of life after divorce. Whether you are looking to start a new career or even move abroad, make sure you know what the costs are going to be. It is always better to overestimate the costs rather than underestimate so that you don’t find yourself in financial difficulty if any unexpected costs arise.

 

10. MAKE SOME EXTRA CASH TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE

With so much change, financial security is important. If you need some extra funds, try seeing if you have anything of value that you can sell on. We are all guilty of holding onto things we don’t need or use, and selling these items on can be beneficial in terms of clearing space and making some extra cash.

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