No matter how a marriage ends, the healing process is difficult. Shrouded by the negative, it can be a long and lonely path that, at times, seems unbearable. The good news, though, is that you will heal. In your own time, in your own way, there will be a light at the end of your journey.
Like any loss, you’re going to find yourself having good days and bad days filled with a lot of ups and downs. At times you might feel like you’re not centered, with many contradicting emotions coming and going. All of this is natural, especially in the healing process. However, there are steps you can take to awaken the healing process and accept the new chapter in your life — mind, body, and soul.
- Accept ALL of your feelings. First and foremost, you need to allow yourself to grieve and with grief comes a rainbow of emotions. Shame, guilt, anger, sadness, resentment, relief, and more. Healing from within cannot begin until you accept these feelings and learn what they mean. It’s painful, but suppressing your feelings won’t allow you to heal. Instead, identify and evaluate your emotions to see things objectively and begin your process to a better understanding of yourself.
- Seek support from family and friends. Surround yourself with positive people and feed off their energy. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your loved ones, let them know you are hurting and that you need a sympathetic ear. Doing this is not a weakness, it’s actually a sign of strength to know when you need help.
- Practice self-care. Affirmations are a great way to tap into your conscious and unconscious mind to help restore your strength and motivate you to push forward. If you already practice meditation in your daily routine, don’t stop now. Mediation can help keep you grounded and your mind clear during this difficult time.
- Reconnect. Whether with old friends, distant relatives, or forgotten hobbies and passions, this might be time to revive these connections. Take some time to see if there were aspects of your life or yourself that were put aside for your marriage. Then, see if reconnecting could help you find yourself again and get to where you want to be.
- Let go. Purge the negativity and get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy. This could be anything, even your wedding jewelry; but before you toss it, consider selling it. Companies like Worthy can help and take care of the whole process so you don’t have to think about it. It’s risk-free, painless, and designed to get sellers the most for their diamond jewelry. Plus, you can use the money you get to fund something just for you and your new future.
However your journey looks and wherever it takes you, just remember to always be gentle with yourself and forgiving.