After any life changes, people get the notion to change other areas of their life. For example, when someone gets a new job, they may feel like sprucing up their wardrobe or getting a new haircut.
Post-divorce life isn’t any different. After going from the married life back to the single life, there are many things you may feel inclined to change. Many divorcees move to a new home or redecorate the space they are in. Some divorcees take up new hobbies or start new daily habits. As you might guess, not all habits or hobbies are positive.
Studies Show Divorcees Are Likely to Form Bad Habits
According to several studies, divorcees are likely to fall into bad habits.
- Smoking – The CDC shows that there are twice as many smokers that are divorced and separated over those that identify as married or single.
- Less Sleep – Marital status may have something to do with the amount of sleep you get at night. A 2010 study published in “Sleep” magazine showed that single and divorced individuals were more likely to be short sleepers than married people.
- Increased alcohol use– Divorced people consume more alcohol than married people according to a University of Texas study.
However, some of these same studies show that there is an increased focus on fitness, socializing, and attending therapy. These types of habits will provide increased self-awareness, better physical and mental health and can give you a new perspective on life.
Post-Divorce Habits to Build for Success
With a change in schedule, living situation, and sometimes even employment, it’s the perfect time to start forming new habits to increase your chances for success. There are three areas of your life that will improve your level of success the most: physical health, mental health, and finances.
- Physical Health. Improving your physical health will give you more energy and more confidence.
- Mental Health. Whether it’s going to therapy or reading personal development books, make sure to spend some time working on yourself.
- Finances. A divorce can negatively impact your financial circumstances. Spend some time making any necessary adjustments to your budget or go see a financial planner.For more information on this, check out our video on YouTube.
Whenever taking on new habits or entering a new stage of life, make sure that you have a support system. Whether it’s family, friends, a support group, or a therapist, you need someone to help you through this hard transition. This person can help keep you accountable to your new goals and habits. Ultimately though, it will be up to you to keep up the new routine!