Post-Separation Self-Care Ideas

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Written by Kara-Lynne Chapman

Separation from a partner or spouse can be stressful and heartbreaking. Here are some ideas for showing yourself some love as you heal.

  1. Go for a walk in nature. The trails at Springwater Provincial Park ( are particularly beautiful and are also open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
  2. Escape reality at the movies. Have you checked out the D-Box seats at Cineplex yet?
  3. A massage is a wonderful way to pamper yourself and Blue Mountain’s Scandinave Spa is a luxurious retreat.
  4. Burn off some pent-up energy throwing axes with your friends. 
  5. Decluttering even one area in your home can give you the feeling of a fresh new start. Extend this to decluttering your email inbox, unsubscribing from those annoying, unwanted emails you receive, or paring down your social media follow list so that you only see what you really want to see and you will spare yourself from unnecessary “junk” in your digital life. Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a great source of inspiration, even if you choose not to follow all of her steps:
  6. Learn how to make a delicious and healthy meal for yourself at Goodness Me:
  7. Enjoy one (or more) of the many free activities at the Barrie Public Library. In addition to the books, movies, and games you can borrow, the library also has musical instruments that you can take home to try out. They offer free movie showings, English language classes, technology coaching, and a vast array of activities for children.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but we wanted to share with you some ideas on caring for yourself in the wake of a separation.


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