“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” ~Hippocrates
We’ve all been through tough times in our lives and also seen others that are struggling. Many times the first words of encouragement that come to mind are “it just takes time.” I know for myself sometimes when I am faced with times of transition in my life I can be very impatient. Luckily there are a few things you can do to “speed up” the healing process.
- Join a support group. Support groups are so fantastic because they teach you that you are not alone. Many times when obstacles develop in our lives we feel very isolated and forget that other people have been through very similar situations and survived. It can be very good for the soul to hear how other people are coping and surviving.
- Get back to normal. Normalcy is a great healer, especially in a world that can feel like it is “spinning out of control.” When circumstances arise that are outside our control and we realize we really can’t do anything to change our situation, getting back into a regular routine as quickly as possible can be very therapeutic.
- Immerse yourself in things that bring joy. Happiness is something that can make us forget our worries very quickly (even if just for a few moments). The best thing you can do in times of transitions, such as immediately following divorce, is to do those things that you enjoy doing most; go out dancing, immerse yourself in a good book, take a quick vacation … the list is endless. Make it a point each and every day to do something that makes you feel good and good about you.
The worst thing you can do during tough times is nothing. Looking for opportunities to heal yourself is going to be the best “medicine” for getting through even the biggest obstacles in your life.