If there's ever a time you need a little distraction in your life, it's during the divorce process. That's why we launched our Divorce Care Package series. With each post, we'll show you what things -- books, movies, recipes -- helped others relieve stress in the midst of divorce, in the hopes that a few of their picks will serve you well, too. Want to share what got you through your divorce? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @HuffPost Divorce
No one ever said divorce was easy. But life after divorce doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. Blogger Jessica Wernz gets that. On EveryoneGetsDivorced.com, Wernz and Jeanne Goshe, her co-conspirator and fellow divorcée, work to dispel the myth that post-divorce life has to be an extended, tear-stained depress-o-rama. The friends riff on everything from the ridiculous results that pop up when you search “I think my spouse is cheating on me” on Google, to the perks of getting in the best shape of your life post-breakup.
Below, Wernz talks to us about the seven things that helped her get through divorce a few years back -- and what it's been like to launch a comedy site about divorce, of all things.
"When my husband moved out, the first thing I did was throw away the sheets and comforter from our bed. No matter how much you wash your sheets, you'll never get that 'former husband' smell off of them, so it's just wise to start anew. Added bonus: They actually didn't cost me a thing because I purchased them with one of the gift cards we received as a wedding present that he had left behind. Win-win."
The TV Show
"While going through my divorce, I watched entire seasons of the show 'Top Chef' back to back. Do I like cooking? No, not at all. Am I good at it? No. Do I aspire to be a better cook? No, don't be ridiculous. But that show is just awesome. If you want to forget your troubles *and* learn new terms like 'molecular gastronomy' and 'mise en place,' I highly recommend it."
"'Someday' by The Strokes. I had always liked this song, but I don't think I really "heard" it until I was going through my divorce. The lyric which most resonated with me was 'I ain't wastin' no more time.' It's hard to pull the plug on your marriage because many people in your life will consider this 'giving up.' I preferred to see it as not wasting any more of my time on something I knew wasn't working."
"I read 'When You Are Engulfed In Flames' by David Sedaris and then proceeded to re-read every other book by David Sedaris. His writing is laugh-out-loud funny, and that is exactly what I needed at the time."
"All foods. Always. Including but not limited to: peanut butter on crackers, peanut butter on celery, peanut butter on utensils, and peanut butter on peanut butter."
"Running. I was eating so much therapeutic peanut butter it was a must to keep my weight in check and clear my mind."
"My best friend and I both got divorced within a year of one another, and we found that joking about our experiences made us feel better. We thought we could help other people laugh and feel better, too. So we forced ourselves to run a daily divorce humor website, <a href="http://everyonegetsdivorced.com/" target="_blank">everyonegetsdivorced.com</a>, where we tried to find at least one funny thing about divorce every single day. This didn't really make divorce 'funny' for us, but it did make it a less scary reality. It made divorce not seem like such a dirty word anymore. Of course it's not ideal -- it happens to the best of us. That being said, I don't really recommend starting a divorce humor blog. The market isn't as good for it as you'd think."
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