Most people are a bit "shell shocked" and anxious after a divorce. Good judgement often is lacking during this time. Learn 5 simple principles to remember so that you can come out of your divorce as a happy, healthy person. Refer to these simple principles when you feel shaky about your future or are rushing headlong into bad decisions.


Even in the "best" divorce or when you are "glad" to be rid of one another you are unbalanced at this time. If possible, make as few important decisions at this time. Seek the wise counsel of friends who love you and are strong.

This is NOT the time to: move across the country; have unprotected sex with an attractive stranger; damage your ex's property; change your kids school; go into great debt; or marry someone else.


This means that you and your ex keep them out of the middle. Do NOT rage at or about your ex. Communicate your adult feelings to your friends, NOT your children. Do NOT change schools if possible. Put aside money for their college, if that was the plan when you had them. STAY in the same city, if possible. Long distance parenting is about as effective as long distance love. It works for a short time, but the relationship is stunted and is never "real" when there is great distance.


Well meaning friends will often try to fix you up with someone. That's fine if you want companionship and friendship. One of the best ways to use your time immediately post divorce is to get to know who you are when you're NOT part of a couple.

What parts of yourself did you give up when you became a couple? Are there any new interests that you want to explore now that you are single? Use this time to discover & grow.


If you are the partner who earned a lot of money and you have children, provide adequate financial assistance so your children don't suffer during their growing up years. This is NOT a matter of your ex "winning." It's ensuring a legacy of your children being the best they can be. You want your children to have the advantages they would have if you both stayed together.

If you are the one who hasn't earned as much, then get your act together. Do NOT jump into a relationship for financial reasons. Grow up, re-train, work, invest and get smart about money. You will feel more powerful and deserving when you can take care of yourself.


When you date keep it light. Do NOT introduce your children and teens to all your boyfriends & girlfriends. When you feel more seriously toward someone, introduce them to your children/teens in small doses.

Don't expect your children to love someone new, just because you do. All relationships take time. You are dead wrong to expect young people to like your new someone right away. Be certain you spend time with your children alone. Do NOT always include the new person.

What messages/values are you modeling in your dating behavior? If your kids witness a version of "Dad or Mom Gone Wild" or if you have a live in partner; what message/values are you giving your children? Children/teens listen and learn about relationships by YOUR example. If you value one thing, yet behave another way, your children will learn more by your example then your words.

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Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence and How to Become CalmBy Iris Fanning

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5.Your rating: 5 Average: 5 (1 vote)Share | Anger management is one of the hallmarks of strong Emotional Intelligence or EQ. In Daniel Goleman's book Emotional Intelligence, he addresses being able to handle one's anger as a sign of high EQ. We know, from physiology, that within less than seconds of becoming angry our brain and body are flooded with internal chemical changes. When this occurs, we operate from our brain stem. Our brain stem is the most primitive portion of our brain. It's responsible for the fight or flight response and our autonomic nervous system (breathing, heart rate, body temperature etc.). When we are in this mode, we bypass our rational portion of the brain. This spells trouble because the neo-cortex is our thinking, rational portion of our brain.

I'm sure you've noticed that when you are really angry, you can't think clearly. Again, the reason for that is that you are not using your logical, rational portion of your brain. It takes a minimum of about 20 minutes for your brain chemicals to go back to normal and to think clearly again.

It's time to take a look at your situation with anger. Answer the following questions. Take an honest look, don't sugar coat how you handle anger. Even if you are not angry often, please read some of the strategies that follow these questions. The strategies can help in all of our relationships.

When was the last time you were really angry? What was the situation that created your feelings of anger?

How frequently do you feel angry?

Do you have a short or long fuse?

Do you frequently become verbally abusive when you're angry? Do you call the person demeaning names, cuss at them, call them stupid, fat, lazy or use racial slurs?

Have you ever become violent when you're angry? "Just once" is still too often. Violence includes: slapping, hitting, throwing things, hurting animals, punching walls or destroying property. List any violent acts you've done and who they were against.

Are people afraid of you when you're angry?

Do you need to learn to express your anger in more productive ways?

Do you need to control your anger? Is anger/rage destroying your relationships?


There are warning signs that your rage is getting out of hand and you need professional help. If you are violent, verbally abusive and anger is destroying your relationships it will take some massive action on your part to stop this cycle. You need to call your local counseling center or social service agency and ask to participate in Anger Management sessions. It is NOT ok to continue this way. The price others have paid to be around you is far too high. The price you will pay, if you insist on continuing will be high also. Stop reading this now. Go to your phone with your phone book, look in the yellow pages under Counseling and call now. You can look for counseling centers that are United Way funded or connected with your local university. These centers offer free or low cost counseling. You can also contact your child's school counselor and they will be able to give you local resources. Continue to call until you reach a service that will help you. No excuses. Just do it.


Most people can use several more strategies in how to handle their anger []. Even if you are not frequently an angry person these steps can be helpful in deepening your relationships. If you are an angry person, then these tools will be essential to help you with handling your anger more productively. (Again, if you have been violent you will need to work with a counselor or psychologist to develop long lasting strategies).

1. Stop arguing. When you continue to argue, you DON'T LISTEN and it just feeds the anger cycle.

2. Set some "good fight" rules.

• NEVER say something that you know will hurt that person or relationship for a lifetime. It's cruel and unnecessary and you know it. The person can forgive you, but they won't likely forget or trust you.

• Have a signal for pause. A simple phrase like, "I'm just too angry and upset to talk right now. This is important, so let's get back together and talk in a few minutes when we're both more calm."

• Make it ok to separate and cool down. Men more than women will leave the scene when there's extreme anger. I know this frustrates women. However, men leave because they have a sense that anger is overtaking them and they fear they will harm the woman or children they love. Do not take this personally; it's a good thing. They can come back when they have calmed down.

3. Learn excellent communication skills. Every community has adult learning, continuing education and excellent workshops on communication. Make a commitment to attend one of these trainings within the next 3 months. This training will enrich your life and make all your relationships easier including work, children and home. One simple strategy I can give you now is: Don't blame the other person for your reaction. A simple phrase of - I feel______________, when you_____________. In the future I would like or I expect_________________. This simple communication tools gets you to the heart of anger, which almost always is hurt. It is assertive, helps get your needs met, yet does not attack or provoke the listener.

4. Do NOT mentally rehearse the anger situation over and over again. When you picture the situation and possible ugly comebacks you only prolong your anger. It's a form of self-abuse and "justifies" and even uglier reaction to that person the next time you see them. Mentally rehearse an easy flow of conversation. Feel what it would be like to REALLY understand and be understood by that person. Positive mental rehearsal will help get you back into your rational brain.

(Disclaimer: This article is not written for therapeutic purposes and is not a substitute for medical, psychological, or legal intervention).

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