The idea of marriage has a long, interesting history. The first instances didn’t even revolve around love or religion, for that matter. But even then, the first marriages were for practical reasons.
Growing up in modern society, on the other hand, many people dream of their wedding day. They picture being surrounded by friends and family, the flowers scattered down the aisle, and the cake. Everyone always loves the cake. Society has pinned marriage as one of those traditional success stories and, while the times are certainly changing, there used to be a severe stigma with those seeking a divorce. Back in the ’50s and ’60s, divorce was seen as a failure, but researchers are finding that only about 50% of marriages have a chance of lasting. People change, people grow, people go their separate ways. It’s a part of life. Sometimes the best scenario for both is seeking a divorce. After that, it’s time to explore other opportunities that await in life.
So how do you start living your happier, more fulfilled life after divorce? Here are a few new adventures that might await you.
Go on a Destination Vacation
Traveling solo is good for the soul. It allows you to do exactly what you want, and do it when you want to. You don’t have to answer to anyone or put on a face to make sure others are enjoying themselves. Traveling alone also brings out new experiences because you don’t have the safety net of hiding behind people you know. You’ll meet people of other cultures, try new foods, and wander cities with the ability to take in everything and live in the moment.
The British Virgin Islands are one of the top travel destinations for singles. The pristine blue waters of the Caribbean lap lazily on the shores and the views of neighboring islands jut out into the sea. The islands are known for fun nightlife and people are friendly and easy to meet. One of the top places to visit while in the British Virgin Islands is The Baths in Virgin Gorda. It’s an island of massive granite boulders that visitors can climb around. There are multiple options to wade through the waters and some of the boulders form unique caves. If you tire of climbing, Devil’s Bay is right next door which features a small, quiet beach with shallow waters for snorkeling.
In addition to the British Virgin Islands, Bustle also recommends visiting New York City for its dense population of good eats, nightlife, and history. Barcelona is perfect for those wanting to spend the night dancing or meeting other singles and Playa del Carmen, Mexico is known for a vibrant lifestyle. So don’t wait. Purchase a plane ticket and be on your way to an exciting solo adventure.
Get in Great Shape
Sometimes marriage or the process of divorce can be stressful. These stresses can deplete energy or take time away from keeping yourself as healthy as you could be. With those stressors aside, make a goal to get back in shape and improve your image both mentally and physically.
Regular exercise helps maintain weight. If you struggle with weight loss or find yourself not dropping the pounds you think you should, liposuction may be an option. It’s not as uncommon as you might think, either. In fact, over 220,000 liposuction procedures are performed a year. Before consulting a doctor for liposuction, Mayo Clinic suggests engaging in regular physical activity. While you don’t have to strain yourself or exercise vigorously every day, they say consistency is key. Add some sort of activity to your daily life, whether it’s going for a long run or choosing the stairs over the elevator. Over time, this exercise will even begin to improve your mood. Endorphins, which are responsible for making you feel good, are released when you exercise. These naturally make you feel better and your energy levels will begin to rise. Many exercise activities can also be social, which makes fitness a great way to meet new people and build relationships with others who are living an active lifestyle.
Invest in Yourself
Sometimes one of the best things a person can do is try something new. Maybe you’ve been thinking about plastic surgery or other cosmetic enhancements. While some people may opt for cosmetic surgery if they want to make drastic changes, this doesn’t have to be the case. Besides, the average cost of otoplasty surgery is roughly $3,154. That’s expensive when you could easily freshen your image with things like new jewelry, a different hairstyle, or even microblading. Maybe get that tattoo you always wanted but weren’t sure your spouse would approve of. At the end of the day, however you decide to invest in yourself after your divorce is up to you.
Don’t Be Afraid to Explore Your Life After Divorce
While the stigma with divorce still lingers, it’s absolutely not the end of your life. Instead, think of this as a new beginning. Take the opportunity to explore life and find a destination you’ve always wanted to visit. Take back your energy with fitness. Invest in you first. Your life is there, waiting to be lived. Hopefully, these suggestions will help you make the most of it!