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The time following a divorce provides you with an opportunity to be alone with yourself - something many folks never experience. This doesn't mean you isolate yourself. On the contrary, seek out friends and family you may have drifted from during your marriage. Their support and friendship can strengthen you as you recover and develop new independence.
Once you're on the other side of this process, you'll know when you're ready to date again. You'll be able to distinguish between dating out of loneliness and neediness vs. being ready for healthy companionship. Many folks coming out of a divorce are in a different phase of life from when they were last single and dating. They may be significantly older, may have children, a career and a life that's pretty structured and filled up. What may have once seemed a great way to meet people--parties or singles bars, for example--may no longer feel right for you.