Jennifer Aniston has her eyes set on a new beginning in the New Year. She’s coming off a devastating divorce from husband Justin Theroux and is ready to leave this year behind. Experts say she has a healthy attitude about coping with divorce.
Jennifer Aniston announced in February she and Theroux had separated at the end of 2017. Now she’s all about looking forward to embracing “new beginnings.”
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“First off, I cannot believe it’s already December. That’s outrageous. I’m excited for ‘Dumplin” to come out,” she told USAToday, dropping a hint about her new movie.
“And I’m excited for 2018 to move on. It was the year of the dog. I don’t know if there’s one person you can come into contact with who wasn’t like, ‘This year can go [fuck] itself.’ Know what I mean?” she said.
“A lot of people passing and a lot of endings that can only create room for new growth and new beginnings. That’s what I’m excited about,” she added.
The year was also marked by devastating wild fires in California, that ripped through celebrity enclaves in Malibu and the continuing political turmoil over Donald Trump.
“It’s biblical. We’re literally living in biblical times. But I feel like something has got to give,” she says striking an upbeat note.
Jennifer Aniston is also pleased her old sitcom “Friends” is as popular as ever, following Netflix’s recent announcement they are bowing to public demand and will continue screening old episodes throughout 2019.
“Apparently ‘Friends’ was going to be taken off Netflix. Then it wasn’t. Was there really a frenzy about it? Or a ‘Friend’-sy?”
She credited the “support and love” of “Friends” fans for keeping it on the air.
Mental Health America, an organization devoted to dealing with personal crises, says going through a separation or divorce can be very difficult, no matter the reason.
It can turn your world upside down and make it hard to get through the work day and stay productive. But there are things you can do to get through this difficult adjustment. It recommends the following:
Recognize that it’s OK to have different feelings. It’s normal to feel sad, angry, exhausted, frustrated and confused—and these feelings can be intense. You also may feel anxious about the future. Accept that reactions like these will lessen over time. Even if the marriage was unhealthy, venturing into the unknown is frightening.
Give yourself a break. Give yourself permission to feel and to function at a less than optimal level for a period of time. You may not be able to be quite as productive on the job or care for others in exactly the way you’re accustomed to for a little while. No one is superman or superwoman; take time to heal, regroup and re-energize.
Don’t go through this alone. Sharing your feelings with friends and family can help you get through this period. Consider joining a support group where you can talk to others in similar situations. Isolating yourself can raise your stress levels, reduce your concentration, and get in the way of your work, relationships and overall health. Don’t be afraid to get outside help if you need it.
Take care of yourself emotionally and physically. Be good to yourself and to your body. Take time out to exercise, eat well and relax. Keep to your normal routines as much as possible. Try to avoid making major decisions or changes in life plans. Don’t use alcohol, drugs or cigarettes as a way to cope; they only lead to more problems.
Avoid power struggles and arguments. If a discussion begins to turn into a fight, calmly suggest that you both try talking again later and either walk away or hang up the phone.
Take time to explore your interests. Reconnect with things you enjoy doing apart from your spouse. Have you always wanted to take up painting or play on an intramural softball team? Sign up for a class, invest time in your hobbies, volunteer, and take time to enjoy life and make new friends.
Think positively. Easier said than done, right? Things may not be the same, but finding new activities and friends, and moving forward with reasonable expectations will make this transition easier. Be flexible. If you have children, family traditions will still be important but some of them may need to be adjusted. Help create new family activities.
Life will get back to normal, although “normal” may be different from what you had originally hoped.