Divorce has a reputation for being indicative of failure, or the end of things. Divorce is neither of these things. Recognizing the need for a divorce is the first step into a new life, not the death of an old life. There are many things that someone can do to turn a divorce into an opportunity for constructive growth.

Divorces can lead to a range of adverse effects on a person. The choices a divorcee makes after their marriage may not be a cure for depression, but it can be the positive influence someone needs in their life to move forward. Here are just a few things that divorcees can do to make things better:

Self-care

Self-rejection is extremely common after a divorce. People may believe that the separation is their fault, regardless of the truth of the matter. Life as a divorcee is an opportunity for people to “date themselves” and learn to like themselves again. The time following a divorce is an excellent moment to bolster confidence and self-worth.

Discover new things

A marriage often results in devotion to the spouse that may take priority over tending to personal needs. This kind of commitment can make a spouse forget what makes them an individual. As an individual, a divorcee can pursue new interests and old ones that they may have put aside for their marriage. Maybe your spouse preferred to stay in on weekends. Now is your chance to get out there and enjoy the world.

Reinvent yourself

Part of what makes being independent so great is being able to redefine who you are. Now that you are single, you can get a wild and new haircut, pursue a degree, or move somewhere far away and see the world. While divorce agreements and child custody may put some restrictions on things like relocation, there are plenty of things you can do even with a divorce decree.

A divorce does not have to beat you

A divorce has the power to keep people down for a long time. Talk to your loved ones for help through this difficulty, and do not be afraid to speak with a therapist. Divorcees have the opportunity to reshape who they are, so take advantage of this unique time.