Self-Acceptance of Divorce: Denial is the first step to work through because of all the negative feeling and emotions associated with divorce.
Rejection/Guilt: The person that was rejected feels more rejection while the other person may feel guilt.
Loneliness: You didn’t realize that so many of your daily living habits revolved around him/her. You may wonder how can I face life alone? It may be hard to sleep alone at first and you may experience insomnia.
Grief: Grief from divorce is similar to experiencing a death of a loved one.
Self-Concept: Self images are built socially. Ending a marriage can be hard on your self-esteem temporarily.
Friends: Friends can be helpful for support. Friends may change and this is a time to develop new friendships.
Feeling Loveable: You may think “I have failed in this marriage, therefore, I am unlovable. This is not true. You are always loveable no matter what.
Disentanglement: A time to move on and create a new life for yourself.
Anger: You may be consumed with anger. It is helpful to find healthy ways to express your anger. Counseling can be helpful.
Trust: It may feel safer to be reclusive since you don’t want to get burned again.
Aliveness: You eventually begin to feel alive again after feeling numb for so long. You find that now you can trust your feelings and act on them in a positive way.
Singleness: It feels good to have your own living habits without having to conform to another’s style of living. You are starting to feel good about being single.
Freedom: You find the freedom to be yourself. You can make a choice between remaining single or start dating again.