Former Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen summed it up perfectly when he said “In every friendship hearts grow and entwine themselves together, so that the two hearts seem to make only one heart with only a common thought. That is why separation is so painful; it is not so much two hearts separating, but one being torn asunder.”
While the divorce rate in the USA is declining, standing at 3.2 per 1000 population in 2014 according to the CDC, the emotional turmoil often associated with it remains the same.
Whether your divorce was amicable or not, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to keep your mind focused on the positivity around you while forging a new life for yourself.
Married people often don’t have any time to spend on their own to nurturing their personal interests and consequently, end up frequently letting go of them.
When you are divorced you may find yourself with a lot of extra time on your hands.
Now is the ideal time to think about new hobbies or resume old ones instead of focusing on how lonely you are.
Looking for fun things to do after a divorce is a good way to keep your mind occupied during this challenging time.
What better way to occupy your mind than to probe into your own creativity and take up an art form.
Not only will you have a great time creating beautiful pieces of unique artwork but you will also enjoy numerous benefits such as the following:
Art relieves stress
Creative activities such as drawing, sculpting, painting, photography and even writing are both very relaxing and rewarding past-times, especially if you are spending a lot of time on your own.
Putting a couple of hours aside every week to engage in your art will lower your post-divorce stress levels, making you feel mentally calm.
Any art form you are able to emerge yourself in completely will take you to an almost meditative state where you will be completely free of all negativity.
Even if you are not artistically inclined you can still decrease your anxiety and stress by investing in an adult stress-relief coloring book which has been a hot trend for a while already.
Whether you are interested in learning to draw people and faces or want to paint animals and landscapes, there is an art class or online tutorial available to guide you to greatness.
Art promotes a positive attitude
After a divorce, it is completely natural to feel unenthusiastic about life in general. When we create art in any form, our negative emotions decrease, leaving us with a more optimistic outlook.
Art creates a very open and relaxing environment where the artist can feel safe to delve into his/her own creativity.
Watching a beautiful work of art be created by your own hands is very empowering. There is a huge reward in nurturing and enhancing artistic skills, generating a tangible sense of accomplishment.
When your artwork is admired by others, even if only by your closest friends and family members, your self-esteem will get a much-needed boost, leaving you feeling more positive about yourself and the future.
The countless therapeutic benefits of art cannot be denied and would make a welcome addition to any lifestyle.
The best thing about art and creativity is that there are no rules. If you want to enroll in formal art classes you should. If you want to throw handfuls of paint at an empty wall at home, go for it.
Art is a very personal journey and you need to tackle it in a manner that will bring you, as an individual, the most joy.
All you need to do is be 100% unapologetically you, convey that into your artwork and have some fun while healing!