The 6 Biggest Mistakes People Make Right After Getting Divorced

These mistakes will only make things worse.

The process of healing after a divorce can feel like an insult to injury. You just want to move on and heal your broken heart.

The divorce process stinks. It just does. The hurt, the anger, the loss of seemingly everything: companionship, security, self-esteem.

It’s tough enough trying to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. But, now, you have to fight against being your own worst enemy as you work on getting over it ending.

The inherent challenge of moving on from the end of a relationship is fighting the urge to connect. You build a relationship by striving in all you do to connect more genuinely, more intimately.

To suddenly have that call-to-action ripped out from under you is a real blow. It’s like expecting a moving train to stop on a dime and go back to where it came from.

But, whether or not it is apparent to you now, this time of healing and rebuilding your life after divorce is a time of great potential.

Sure, you didn’t want or plan to be here. But the beauty of life is that it is an equal-opportunity benefactor, and it imbues every situation with opportunities for exponential growth.

If you’re in the process of healing after a divorce (or even a breakup) and feel maddened by the frustrations and temptations, don’t stress. Sometimes the message of “what to do” is more impactful if written as “what not to do.”

You may recognize your own behavior in the following mistakes people make in the aftermath of a divorce.

Absorb the recognition and the lessons as to why those mistakes don’t serve your effort into learning how to get over someone and move on. Trust that everything is falling into place to facilitate your highest good and happiness.

So, if you’re ready to learn how to move on and heal from the heartbreak of divorce, here are the 6 mistakes to avoid.

1. Contacting your ex right after the split

Yes, it’s natural. You’ve been calling and texting your ex all day every day for so long you almost don’t know how not to.

But, now you want to know what your ex is thinking, doing, feeling. You instinctively want to keep tabs, vent your anger, and hear those three-word phrases: “I miss you” and “I love you.”

Rushing to contact your ex only delays your healing after a divorce. It’s like pushing the hold button and keeping the relationship — even in an unhealthy state — alive.

One more day on life support, with no promise of a future.

When you resist the natural urge to contact your ex for anything other than essential business (like your kids), you start healing. You may not feel the healing, but you will be growing stronger from your self-control.

2. Obsessing over your ex’s social media presence

Okay, so, if you can’t make contact directly, why not do it indirectly? Sit in bed with nothing but your smartphone to light up your tear-stained face as you stalk your ex in private.

You head straight to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, looking for any sign of happiness or despair in your ex’s life. You expand photos and evaluate facial expressions and anyone who might be hiding in the background.

You read all the comment streams to see what your mutual friends know and say. You check to make sure you are still on your ex’s friends list and in his or her old posts and photos.

Just. Keep. Hanging. On.

Surely this isn’t how you see yourself five years from now, so why start now? You have a thousand other social media friends who are cheering you on.

Take the plunge and unfollow/unfriend the one who is no longer central to your life. Set some boundaries and protect yourself from seeing things that will upset you during this vulnerable time.

3. Showing up in all those old, familiar places

Remember that, just as you weren’t the only person in your relationship, you aren’t the only one coping with divorce.

Both of you are drowning in emotions and lifestyle adjustments. Both of you need to find a way to move on. And neither of you will ever achieve that vision of love and happiness by lurking in the shadows of something that will never be.

Granted, you may legitimately bump into one another at some point. But take your ex’s favorite haunts off autopilot and fight the urge to see if they are home by curfew.

You both need space and time for healing after a divorce.

4. “Casually” asking mutual friends about your ex

You want to know. I get it. But chances are you don’t even know what you want to know. Do you want to hear that your ex’s world has fallen apart? That they are miserable without you?

Your curiosity in these early stages of a divorce is usually about putting bandaids on some of your own emotions.

Someday, when you’ve come through all the hurt and you look back on this relationship as a mere stepping stone to happiness, you will understand. And your curiosity will be genuine and grounded in a desire for your ex’s happiness, too.

In the meantime, don’t put your friends on the spot. Your divorce was (and probably still is) hard on them, too.

5. Wallowing in your misery and isolating from the world

You may feel on the outside of all your friendships now that you are single. And if you’d made your ex your whole world, it may have been some time since you were really part of “the group.”

But this is no time to waste away in the corner of your shattered life.

Remember, when you’re healing after a divorce, life sends you nurses in the form of friends. And just as your friends want to be there for you, you need to allow their love to do its work.

Trust that goodness will bring about more goodness. And allow yourself to feel the love.

6. Rushing to get into a new relationship

You may know it with your head, but your heart may not want to hear it. You’re not ready to get into a new relationship when you’re still healing from a divorce.

Feeling lonely isn’t a good enough reason to take the plunge. And no amount of blaming your ex for your problems and breakup is going to give you a good reason, either.

You need this time to grieve your loss and learn from this relationship, not seek to replace it.

It’s also essential that you spend time examining your own role in your relationship. How did you nurture it, and how did you contribute to its erosion?

Rushing to fill the void of love in your life is usually an indication that you don’t want to look at your own responsibility.

Besides, the last thing you need is to get on a dating app and see your ex on there. Trust that you have loved all around you in just the ways that are necessary for your healing and future happiness.

Getting over it ending, moving on, and healing after a divorce can be messy. And, as with a bad cold that gets passed around a home, you may wonder when you will ever feel better.

Sometimes, the best step forward is simply not taking a step backward. If all you do in the early stages is to commit to avoiding the mistakes that only make things worse, you will be making progress.

Trust life to show up for your greater good. And most importantly, trust yourself to recognize when it does. You’ve got this.

 

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5 Ways To Make Men Insanely Attracted To You

These techniques may seem weird at first, but they work.

Learning how to get a guy to like you and make a guy want you bad can be quite easy if you follow these simple, sexy tips.

You may notice that you already do some of the flirting techniques and tactics naturally, but using just one or two is not enough.

If you really want to make him want, desire and need you, you need to get good at doing all five. Here’s how.

Here are 5 sexy tips for women on how to get a guy to like you that will make him want you bad.

1. Have your own life.

Probably the most misunderstood and counterintuitive advice that I can give you is that you need to have your own life, but what does that even mean?

Having your own life means that you need to have your own interests independent of your man. These are things like hobbies, activities, and even friends that you are super-into, but that your man isn’t necessarily as interested in.

Having your own life like this so important for a number of reasons, including:

  1. You need to show your man that you really enjoy his company and presence, but at the same time you need to let him know that you don’t need him. Showing your man that you don’t need him will make him respect you more. If you desperately need him and drop your life for him, he will quickly realize that he doesn’t have to work for your love and respect anymore. When this happens, he will ultimately lose respect for you.
  2. Women who have their own lives are infinitely more attractive to a guy. Men are actually a lot like cats: when they can easily have you, they will just as easily get bored with you (much like a cat and a dangling piece of twine). But when they have to work hard to win you over, they will be a lot more attracted to you.

So when you have your own life, you will naturally be harder to hang out with and less available — perfect for making him want you a whole lot more.

2. Love yourself first.

I definitely don’t want to get all “woo woo” or spiritual with you, but you really do have to ask yourself this: “Do I love myself?”

When you think about it, how can a guy love and want you if you don’t even love and want yourself?

If you are not yet totally in love with yourself, don’t fret. There are plenty of ways to remedy it, including these:

  • If you feel like you aren’t in shape, you can always join a gym and start working out more.
  • If you aren’t feeling that confident with your fashion sense, get in touch with a friend who keeps up with trends and ask them for advice or to go shopping with you.
  • The same goes for your confidence with talking to guys. The only way to get more confident is to practice more and more with male friends and co-workers.

3. Make yourself fun to be around.

One of the key things to figure out when learning how to make a guy want you is being fun. I’m not going to lie and say that looks don’t matter; they do, but they only help to get your foot in the door.

You see, once you are talking to a guy, if you are boring, he will very quickly lose interest. However, if you are fun, he is definitely going to want to keep chatting and hanging out with you.

So the next time you are seeing a guy you want, ask yourself, “Am I fun to be around?”

4. Flirt, tease and play with him.

Being fun is good, but being flirty is even better. Much better. Flirting, teasing, and messing with a guy is a fantastic way to spike emotions and make him see you as more than just a friend.

The easiest way to flirt with your man is to think of how you might tease a little brother. You might joke that he was adopted, tease him over a way he says something, or even tell him that his favorite sports team sucks. You don’t really mean what you are saying; you’re just saying it to get a reaction.

Doing this with a guy is perfect for charging any conversation you’re having with him. Just make sure not to go overboard with it; otherwise, he might start to get frustrated that he can’t just have a normal conversation with you. Knowing how much to flirt comes with experience.

5. Be exceptionally good in bed.

The last piece of advice on how to make a guy want you is that you need to have great skills in bed to keep him lusting after you and to prevent the idea of being with other girls from ever entering his head.

Sure, you can learn literally hundreds of different sex positions to use, as well as how to talk dirty, but if you are really serious about keeping your guy wanting you, then you should start learning how to talk dirty to build sexual tension and turn him on.

 

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