After a divorce, it’s a good idea to get back out there. However, the dating world is likely very different since the last time you were single. Plus, you’re still hurting from the divorce. Here are some tips on how to get back into dating after a difficult divorce.

Finalize Things With The Ex

Divorce proceedings can take a long time. During this time, you may need to communicate with your ex. If you have children, you will need to communicate with your ex for the rest of your life. However, if you want to move on, you need to cut all of the loose ends you can. Get the divorce finalized. You should also keep all unavoidable communication civil yet distant enough to prevent residual feelings from coming back.

Work On Yourself

Your ego probably took a pretty big hit after the dissolution of your last marriage. Get your mojo back by focusing on yourself. Eat well and go to the gym. You may even decide to get some new clothes or change your hair. These things will increase your confidence. This confidence will help when you start going on dates again.

Maintain Certain Standards

After your divorce, you want to move forward in life. You don’t want to move backward. Make sure you don’t lower your standards. The dating pool may be smaller now that you are older, but there are still plenty of people out there. You will find someone who will treat you well and contribute equally in the relationship.

Get Out Of The House

You can’t sit at home every night and expect people to ask you out on dates. You need to get out. Use dating apps and meet people in public like a diner or a bar. Go out with friends and expand your social circle. Many partners start as friends of friends before romance kindles. Do things you enjoy. Hopefully, you’ll see people you connect with along the way. If you have trouble meeting people in person, consider creating an online dating account. Some people get nervous about the idea of online dating, but it gives you the opportunity to communicate with people looking for love in your area right there on your phone. Often times, it can at least get you back out there.
Divorce is not the end of your love life. It’s time to move on from the past and look toward your future. You and your ex both deserve to be happy. It just might not be with each other.

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Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.