In America divorce is on the rise with rates doubling in those who are over the age of 50. This makes the divorce rate higher than any other age group. It is becoming increasingly common for older Americans to end displeasing marriages in pursuit of freedom and personal happiness.
Senior Divorce Rates on the Rise
Seniors are living now longer than ever, surpassing previous generations. Divorce is not looked at as such a negative action anymore. The combination of longer lives and divorce not being stigmatized has lead to higher divorce rates.
There isn’t a negative significant factor that’s creating divorce to rise. It seems to be that once the children leave and the home is empty that partners realize that they don’t have much in common. Other factors include:
- Differing hobbies and interests
- Increased financial freedom for women – many women no longer have to choose between a bad marriage and poverty
- Life changes, such as retirement and the resulting increase in time spent together
- Lifestyle changes
- Ongoing marital dissatisfaction
How to Manage Going Through a Divorce
No matter what stage you are in your life divorce is a painful experience. Most of your life could’ve been spent with this person and now you’re going separate ways. Some people compare the grief of divorce to mourning a loved one. The end of a relationship can feel like a death has occurred, losing sight of their goals and self-confidence and trust in others.
If you or someone you know is facing a late-life divorce, check out the following tips to help manage feelings of grief:
Family and friends can give you support by making you feel loved and comforted. This can be a great time to talk to them about your feelings. Talking to a psychologist can help in coping with your emotions at the end of a marriage.
Treat Yourself with Kindness:
Embrace your feelings and realize that it’s okay to feel sad. Facing the reality of the loss can be difficult at times. Having a bad day doesn’t set you back, but acknowledge the way you feel and realize that you’re capable of more than you can possibly imagine.
Allow Willingness to Trust Again:
Take the pain of the divorce and allow yourself to grow from it. Realize that overcoming this pain will lead you to better places. Grant yourself the ability to be open to experiences again. It can be empowering to understand where things went wrong and allow trust in yourself and others again.
Don’t Forget Yourself:
Now is the time to take back your independence after only knowing yourself as half of a couple all these years. Discover yourself through new hobbies and interests that you always wanted to pursue. By taking part in things that are just for you it will help you become the independent person you were always meant to be.
Target your Health:
When first breaking up it could feel like all you want to do is eat comfort food and hide under the covers. It’s essential to eat well providing your body with nutrients to give you positive energy. Also, start small by going for a short walk to uplift your mood.
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