Wondering How to Survive Divorce? Here’s the Key

 Shannon McGorry
May 3, 2019

Wondering How to Survive Divorce? Here’s the Key

This is a guest post by Divorce Recovery Coach, Shannon McGorry. McGorry, who personally went through a divorce, talks about the moment she figured out how to survive divorce, and offers that advice to you. So much of this post is in sync with my feelings on how to not only survive divorce but to end up with a life that brings you happiness, peace and fulfillment.

This post originally appeared on divorcedgirlssmiling.com.

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How to survive divorce: My A-HA moment: The game changer which took me from that indescribable moment to my now incredible life.

“How am I going to do this?” “How am I going to do this?” I asked myself that question hundreds of times throughout my divorce. It faced me everywhere: brushing my teeth in the morning, pushing the cart in the grocery store, watching my daughters on the pre-school playground, in spin class, driving to my therapist; you get the picture; “How am I going to do this?” I felt like I was underwater, and holding my breath was starting to hurt.

The reality of divorce is indescribable. The emotions and the overwhelming details to sift and suffer through can’t really be put into words: too tough to explain unless you have lived it. I have talked to numerous women who identify with these two thoughts: 1. Finding ourselves in this place makes us question who we are, what our life has become, and how to move forward. and 2. We acknowledge that we either gave away our power or maybe had it taken from us (either intentionally or unintentionally). Like these women, I have experienced divorce first hand and I want to share with you the game changer which took me from those indescribable moments to my now incredible life.

It all started with what I call my A-HA moment. It was a simple yet oh-so-powerful shift in focus. The strength of what I am sharing is in this simple yet powerful step; turn your focus inward, get really clear on you, focus on yourself. The internal shift in focus is what allows us to not only survive divorce but to redefine ourselves and navigate this all-important chapter of life very well.

I know you have one million things to do right now, and it may not seem like you have the luxury to spend time on yourself. Believe me, I get it, but I also know the most powerful thing you can do right now is to shift the focus to you. (Now, I don’t mean check out of life and check into the spa, although I’m sure that sounds great to a whole lot of us right now!) The powerful shift I am talking about is an internal means of really getting to know who you are because when you know, accept, and love yourself you can make decisions that serve you best…and we know that divorce demands the best of us.

There are numerous ways to create this shift in focus and the beauty of the process is that it is customized by you. The clarity is created by getting in touch with yourself… remembering who you are, the things that you value in life, the experiences that bring you joy, the people whom you would choose to surround yourself with. It’s in the selection of your thoughts, feelings, and actions; the creation of positivity and confidence.

For example, when I shifted my focus inward the most powerful thing I realized was how important my faith was to me. I was able to use that awareness to strengthen and deepen my relationship with God. I developed and shaped my life, made the choices based on my values, and created life experiences with the people I love who so I know joy and fulfillment. And now, I love the journey I am on. Here are some of my go to’s that I use to regain clarity, and shift my focus internally:

I journal.

I revisit my core values to use them as a barometer for decision making.

I reread my list of self-identified strengths and remember ways those strengths have served me.

I schedule the time to do one thing a day that brings me joy.

I work on my mindset (the purposeful selection of thoughts).

I listen to one of my go-to books or podcasts.

And I make time to meditate and pray so that I can clear out the chaos of the external world and listen to my inner voice.

Feel free to borrow from my list or create your own; but the point is; focus on you. You have to get real with yourself. Now is the time to know, accept, and love yourself; not only for you but for those that you love and care about. I say this from a point of love and respect; to show you all that is possible. Shift your focus; spend some time and energy on you; you are so worth it. Only when we truly know, accept, and love ourselves can we shine our light and love to others.

So, I got my answer to the question that had replayed in my head hundreds of times. It was the powerful shift in focus on myself which empowered me to go from “How am I going to do this?” to living out “THIS is how I am doing this.”

A slight change in words…yes, but more importantly a powerful shift in focus.

With Love, Strength, and Grace,


To learn more about Shannon’s divorce coach practice, visit her profile.

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