There are times in life when your marriage simply will not last. Though these times are often filled with remorse and anger, moving on is the most important step to healing after a bad relationship. After a divorce, dating can seem like the last thing you want to do. But, moving back into the dating game can mean starting life again and convincing yourself that life is worth living for you this time. How can you move from wife to date?
A divorce is not something that needs to be the end of the world. It's, however, something that needs to be used as a learning experience. When recovering from a divorce, it's important to use all of the worst points of the relationship to learn how to choose a date in the future. If you choose the new date on the same criteria as the last one, you can expect the same outcome.
Think about yourself. What are your needs? After a divorce, it's common to feel the need for a quick relationship to fill the new void in your life. This void is there as a healing time, not as a time to find a new partner immediately. Go out and date more than one person before settling on someone that you may want to get to know better. Allow your mind a chance to heal from the recent wounds before stepping back into the long term game.
Think about your children. If there are children involved, therapy may be a great option. When a parent moves on to another relationship, children will often feel as though the parent wants to replace the missing parent. That's not the case, but in a child's mind, this may be the only agenda. Therapy can help children heal as well.
Think about your life. How was your life hindered by the bad relationship? There are always little bits and pieces of you that are lost in a bad relationship. When starting again in the dating game, make sure you're taking all of the aspects of your life into consideration. Think less about the need for a relationship and more about the want for a little fun.
Be confident. Confidence is the number one self esteem issue lost in a divorce. People often want to blame themselves for the loss of love and thus feel a huge amount of guilt about the time spent on a wasted experience. Take this lesson as a starting point for the next stage of your life. A learning time, not a wasted time.
Take your time. If you're not ready for a new relationship six months or a year after the divorce, that's just fine. The time it takes to heal will be unique to each and every person. This time is one that should be spent reflecting on the mistakes made and learning how to live alone and loving it. Once you learn to love yourself, you'll need a partner less and thus, will choose the next relationship with a much stricter eye.
Your failed marriage is not something to cause blame. The husband is not at fault, the wife is not at fault. The relationship was merely one that did not work together as both parties intended. Once these negative feelings are swept under the rug, it's a fresh time to move on that will hold new and exciting events. Your next relationship may not be the last one you've, but it'll be far better if you take the time to learn from the mistakes made in the first relationship.