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Emotional recovery after divorce

People in North Carolina who are going through a separation from their spouses need to understand the process of grieving for their marriage as well as the path to emotional healing. According to Mental Help, one of the most important steps toward recovery is establishing a new identity. Once a married person becomes single again, he or she may feel lost and without purpose. However, the weeks and months after divorce may be the time to renew previous hobbies that had been forgotten during the marriage, or to explore new ones. If possible, removing sentimental photos or objects from the marriage from the living space may allow healing to take place more quickly. Since strong emotions sometimes become distracting or debilitating, it may help to write out a priority list of tasks that need to be accomplished, and make a determination to accomplish them.

While starting a new life is helpful, the grieving process should not be overlooked entirely. Burying or ignoring any sorrow over the loss of a marriage may cause negative emotions to resurface more strongly at a later time. It could also hurt future relationships. Therefore, taking weeks or months to cry, talk to a friend or counselor, and mourn the severed relationship is a healthy path to true healing.

Web MD advises parents of minor children to include them in the recovery process. This includes recognizing that the children are experiencing an altered lifestyle as well, and they need emotional support. As an added benefit, devoting time and energy to the children's needs may help keep the parent from focusing too much on his or her own pain. In order for any emotional recovery to take place, help from others is necessary. Counselors, family members or friends can provide a means of support as the parents in turn support their children.

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