Going through a divorce or separation can be incredibly lonely. Even though statistically, 40-50% of all marriages end in divorce, many people still feel isolated when they are in need of support.
If you have a friend who is newly separated or navigating a divorce, here are 3 tips to lend some help:
It is so easy to listen and then add in your own ideas and opinions, but try to just listen without judgement. It’ll be easier for your friend to navigate the changes in their life without hearing your opinions and judgements on what they should or shouldn’t do, or their opinion of other parties involved.
- Offer a helping hand.
Your friend may feel very alone at first while running errands, moving, taking children to school, and/or other activities that they used to do with their ex. Offer to ride along with them, accompany them with mundane errands, or ask them if they would like assistance with any tasks that may be difficult at first.
- Invite him or her out.
Invite your friend out when he or she is available, especially if he or she is adjusting to a new child custody schedule. It will be so appreciated to fill his or her free time with distracting activities such as a run outside, taking a cooking class, or exploring a new part of town.
Have you helped a friend through a separation or divorce? If so, please let us know if you have any tips in the comments below.