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Loneliness is part of every divorce. Even though those lonely feelings after divorce can be the worst feelings we have ever felt, they are normal. Normal or not, the loneliness can be so painful that we sometimes wonder how long we can survive those crushing feelings of rejection and isolation. In the back of our mind, we worry about becoming a hoarder with dozens of cats who simply disappears into her lonely house.
We can help. Feeling lonely after midlife or late-life divorce probably reflects the fact that our children are off and running in their new, more independent lives. After I divorced at 53, and our last child left for college, it was the first time in my entire life that I had lived alone.
If you were a stay-at-home mom or are an entrepreneur who works from home, or are now retired, you may also not have the camaraderie of fellow workers to help fill up the day. Before the divorce you may have felt lonely and bored in your marriage, but at least there was a warm body to interact with.
If you want to know the truth, the loneliness of divorce is one of the most oppressive and debilitating challenges in this whole ordeal. Even if you want or need the divorce, suddenly being alone without your ex-spouse, can be disorienting and depressing especially after a long marriage.
You may expect your spiritual family to embrace you and include you in activities. Sadly, sometimes our churches, synagogues or other places of worship are the loneliest places of all. After a divorce, but especially after a midlife or late-life divorce when your children have already left the nest, extreme loneliness is almost always one of the top three most difficult challenges of divorce recovery, not just for you, but for everyone.
the crowd! So what are you going to do about it? Want to start healing today? Take the first steps in your recovery with our crash course. One piece of advice: Really feeling the loneliness can eventually help ease the pain.
Another piece of advice: Look at your time alone after divorce as a time of solitude instead of a time of loneliness. The loneliness of divorce can contain the seeds of positive change in it, if we consider this time in the wilderness as a time for personal growth. Dealing with the loneliness after divorce is tied up with the grief of divorce. Any kind of grief work is a solitary journey. Get over it. Just move on! Those words are easy for them to say, but grieving takes time and space that people are usually not willing to give.
We might still cry when we are with our friends. We might still be furious that our wasband did things that caused the divorce. Feel the sadness deep down.
Socializing after divorce is an important step in our recovery. But early on we might not want to see anyone. We might still be crying all the time.
Connecting with other women who understand is vital to overcoming the loneliness of divorce. Our MasterPlan program immediately connects you to our private, protected MDRcommunity which is full of women from all over the world who are also on the divorce recovery road.
for more information. Even though I know that after divorce and especially while you are feeling lonely and emotionally isolated, you are sort of just going through the motions. Try some sort of social volunteering. Pass out flyers. Fill backpacks with snacks for kids whose families are at risk. Volunteer for any worthy cause.
You can find opportunities at your church, parish, synagogue or community center or at a neighborhood school. Volunteering helps someone else which always makes us feel betterand it also helps us be with other people who have big hearts. We can work side by side with people without feeling like we have a big D branded on our forehead. Being with our family and friends can help alleviate the loneliness after divorce and can be a huge benefit … or not!
If certain people are not helping you move forward but are making you feel guilty or stuck, you might temporarily have to hit the pause button until you feel stronger.
Your one job right now is YOU! So whatever is best for you is what you should do. Part of the divorce recovery process is taking ownership of our own lives. We are responsible for figuring out how to deal with the loneliness after divorce and in our life moving forward. Call a friend and ask if you can come stay for the night or the weekend and just let her take care of you while you hole up in her extra bedroom or watch mindless TV all night or want to talk nonstop about it.
Ask your family for patience. When I was going through divorce I ed up for a membership at a gym close to my house. That served several purposes. At the gym, you get your body moving, work up a sweat and get to know other people.
You can also avoid running into anyone you know … and avoid having to talk about the divorce all over again. You can also take a trip to another area of your own home-town and stay in a hotel. No one needs to know that your wasband my term for ex-husband is in the Hahamas with his girlFIEND my term for his girlfriend frolicking barefoot on the beach. Leaving your neighborhood might also keep you from doing anything that could land you in jail! Look at the alone time as a time of self-reflection and personal rediscovery. Then you will know more about who you are and what kind of people deserve your time and energy in the future.
I know, too, that missing the sex part of your relationship is a deep physical loneliness that is challenging. Just saying! Be kind to yourself. Again, your 1 job is to take care of you! Get resources that will keep some of the loneliness at bay. Take a look at our MasterPlan. We connect you with a whole group of other women on this road. We also help you do the grief work and the healing work you need to do, but then we guide you in figuring out who you are and what you want moving forward.
Thank you for a wonderful article and sound advice. As an older man 58 11 months post-divorce, I wish I had found this a year ago. The advice is equally important and helpful for men as it is for women. The current situation with COVID, however, has made things all the more challenging, with the gyms closing barely two months after my divorce was final.
Interaction with my friends, quality time with my still school-age children, etc. So I have things to do. My friends tell me to stay the course — and someone to share all of these new achievements with will come along. But the heartache of still grieving, trying to heal, of wanting companionship, intimacy including but not just sexual intimacyand questioning whether I can trust enough to love again — is at times overwhelming.
I miss my ex-wife and for that matter, my ex-in-laws terribly, and in all honestly, I still love her. I found this article informative. Send Me The s. Volunteer Even though I know that after divorce and especially while you are feeling lonely and emotionally isolated, you are sort of just going through the motions.
We are responsible for figuring out how to deal with the loneliness after divorce and in our life moving forward, Call a friend and ask if you can come stay for the night or the weekend and just let her take care of you while you hole up in her extra bedroom or watch mindless TV all night or want to talk nonstop about it.
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