Coping with divorce through activities, meetups, and volunteering
It’s easy when you’re going through a big, stressful transition to want to isolate yourself at home. But now, more than ever, it’s important to get out and spend time with others. Here are five ways to be social while going through a divorce:
- Join a divorce support group or meetup in your area. There are more people out there who are going through the same things you are than you might think. Get together and share ideas, resources, and support.
- Develop a social hobby. Hobbies are a great distraction and a wonderful way to meet new people with common interests. Join a running club, or take a cooking class. Check out that new climbing gym, or find a knitting circle. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s something you enjoy doing with others.
- Volunteer. Helping others is good for them, but it can help you as well. Find a soup kitchen that needs help, offer tutoring services at your local school, or look into organizations that do projects in the community, such as painting murals or planting gardens.
- Reach out to your friends and family. Even though your life may be changing, you still have the same support network. Stay close with those you know and love. Make a standing date for coffee or a walk in the park to stay connected.
- Become part of the ESME community! Share your stories and contribute poems, writing, artwork, or any resources that have helped you.
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Annette Powers is a Solo Mom who lives in Brooklyn, New York. A communications professional, she writes about divorce, coparenting, and culture in her spare time.
Ashley Volz-Reiss spent several years as a Solo Mom. She has gone on to earn her master’s degree in social work and is now a therapist helping children and families. She’s remarried and keeps busy raising her spirited six-year-old son.
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