In the spirit of the New Year, many people are resolving to make positive changes in their lives. For those newly divorced, the new year can be a great opportunity to take steps toward a brighter future. Here are some resolutions that can help those who are newly divorced as you head down the road to recovery:
Divorce can be a chaotic challenge and it’s important to take steps to get your life organized. Set up a system for managing finances, paperwork, and documents related to the divorce. Declutter your home to create a more calming environment in 2023.
Set boundaries with your ex.
Establish healthy boundaries with your ex to help you both move forward. Communicate clearly what is and isn’t acceptable regarding communication, visitation, and parenting decisions so you can minimize conflict.
Learn to live on your own.
If you’re newly single, it may take some time to get used to living alone. Take some time to focus on yourself and learn how to be independent. Use 2023 to learn new hobbies that can help fill the void in your life left by the divorce, like knitting, gardening, running, or painting.
Find a new support system.
Divorce can be a lonely experience, so it’s important to find new people to lean on during this time. Reach out to friends and family for support. Consider joining a therapy group or divorce support group to connect with others who are going through similar experiences.
Take care of yourself.
Make 2023 the year that you finally focus on your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, find a routine form of stress relief, and make sure you’re taking care of yourself in other ways, too.
Focus on the present.
Divorce can be an incredibly difficult experience, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with thoughts of the past or worries about the future. A simple resolution is to stay grounded and focused on the here and now. Meditation is a great place to start.
Embrace the single life.
Know that it’s okay to be single. In 2023, embrace the freedom of being single and use this time to invest in yourself. Enjoy your newfound independence and don’t be afraid to try something new.
Above all, take things one day at a time and be kind to yourself as you adjust to life post-divorce.
Start dating again.
When you feel ready, don’t be afraid to start dating again. If that’s in 2023, stay open to meeting new people and exploring different types of relationships. Don’t rush into anything but know that it’s okay to put yourself out there.
The Year of Finding Yourself
If last year was the year of your divorce, let the new year be the year of finding yourself, whoever that may be, in this new chapter.