It’s no secret that making the decision to divorce will alter your entire life: emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially.

Your living situation will change. How you spend your time will change. Your finances will change. If you have kids, their lives will change, too. But what you make of the time after the divorce concludes – whether life gets better or worse – is up to you.

In the spirit of the holiday season and the coming new year, we’ve compiled five changes our clients have often told us drastically improved their lives post-divorce.

I have reinvented myself.
Getting into a personal rut is easy to do when you’re in an unhappy marriage. However, moving on after a divorce allows an individual to be just that again – an individual. Finding new hobbies, discovering new talents, and/or taking on a new personal style can be the breath of fresh air to get past that rut.

The tension in my life is gone.
Arguments and fights between a couple often build to unhealthy tension for everyone involved. If you’re a parent, that tension can greatly affect your children and stick with them for a long time. When you’re more clear-headed, you can prioritize your family’s needs and finally release the emotional strain.

I have rediscovered who I am and what I like.
We hear this one over and over. It’s easy to forget about the things you used to love when you’re spending so much time dealing with personal difficulties. Many of our clients have found that post-divorce, they finally have the ability to go back to their roots and rediscover the pastimes that made them who they are.

I have more free time.
An unhappy marriage – and then the process of dissolving it – is time consuming and exhausting. Once it’s over, many of our clients are surprised to find they have more free time to focus on the things that matter.

Better days are ahead.
This is a big one. Just the thought if a brighter future is enough to settle those who have just gone through a divorce. Even for divorcees who haven’t figured out who, what or where they want to be now and in the coming years, knowing that better days will come is enough to turn an unhappy situation into a great one.

If you’ve just decided to divorce, you’re currently working on dissolving your marriage, or the process has concluded, we urge you to think about #HappyAfterDivorce. Life will continue, and it’s important to make the most of it.