Any tricks of the trade would be great. I am journaling each time I want to talk with her, or emotional connect, so I don't reach out to her. Are their other methods that have worked for others.
“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so."
I try to only communicate by email. First it gives me time to think and remove any trace of emotion from my emails. I always write in a clear, lawyer like manner, and I often mention the best interests of the kids. I want to appear reasonable, rational, and as a good parent in the event my emails are used in court. I try to keep the emails very short too.
Second, emails give a great paper trail.
When Npdx contacts me I only answer questions about the kids or finances. No question = no response
When I was working with a lawyer, I had the lawyer contact him for all divorce matters.
Some people use online schedule planners for the day to day kid stuff. Maybe someone will come along and tell you about those.
I am journaling each time I want to talk with her, or emotional connect, so I don't reach out to her. Are their other methods that have worked for others.
There are no kids in my situation so I can't really speak much to that. The online schedule planner idea sounds like a good way to stick to NC though. You can share Google calendars for example without having to directly "talk" to the ex.
I also agree with IWantDoOver. This is a time to focus on you, find things you can do that you want to do that get your mind off of her. It's hard to take those first steps, but it can be very liberating once you begin seeing a new life start to form that doesn't need your stbx to complete it. Working out has been a big one for me - it allows you to release stress, feel better about yourself, feel better/healthier just in general, and eventually you start seeing results that give you confidence. Hang in there man.
ETA: The rubber band method. Wear a rubber band around your wrist. When you start giving her too much of your headspace, snap that band as a reminder to put your thoughts elsewhere. I've seen this recommended many times on this site and, while skeptical at first, I've found it works for me. May be worth a shot
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You can do this.
When you want to contact her (about issues not related to kids/finance/D) then find several ways to distract yourself. Journal is great. Recalling something she did to make you angry helps. Venting on SI helps. Running up and down the steps or taking a walk around the block. Even snapping a rubberband on your wrist. Try several things until you find what works for you.
Eventually the urge to contact her will subside. The urge to give her a piece of your mind might now, but the urge to actually contact her to give her a piece of your mind will.
I have been doing more for myself lately, but have times of weakness. Sometimes I find myself sending her a message about finances or our child, but deep down inside I am doing it to just feel connected with her again...[self-inflicted 2x4].
The journaling has actually worked really well. I have two journals going. I stream of consciousness one and texting one. I used to text with my WW often. Now that I don't want to contact her, I put the text message in a journal so it gets out, but never gets sent to her.
Thanks for the pointers.
Today has not been good. I have contacted her a couple of times because I have been having a rough day. I am struggling with the loss of her. It hurts. Even if it is bad for me, talking with her still satisfies me for a little bit. However, i know it is delaying my progress to feel better.
I am just struggling. I just needed to share.
I get what you mean about just wanting the connection of course. Come here instead and tell us more about that.
I find that my head spins with everything that I want to say.
I have a good friend on the other side of the country that I email with. Whenever I am really struggling with NC, I forward the email from stbxwh to my friend and then reply to my friend everything that I would like to say to stbxwh. Friend then replies to me, it seems to help because I get the validation of my feelings and the perspective. I get a real response.
It is a struggle. It is not perfect but it helps.
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I attempted R, he was a lie
Absolute essentials is the hard one. I had a list a mile long of essentials in the early days - as I've adjusted to my new normal it is a very very short list.
School matters (where he cannot get the info himself - it is up to him to register and read for the newsletters)
I can't discuss behavioural issues with him because he encourages bad behaviour to stick it to me.
I deal with my girls who are 6 and 3.5 I don't make them messengers and I refuse messages he sends through them.
Parallel parenting is the best I can make out of the situation. Attempts at co-parenting were allowing him to hurt me through my girls.
Legals issues were dealt with between lawyers. I tried coming to an agreement with him prior - he agreed to it and I honoured my parts (giving him a chunk of my redundancy) then he reneged and because he knew my dealbreakers he was able to fuck me over.
I only got my absolute dealbreakers. I am grateful I did but he dragged me through $50k in legal fees (each) to get what I could have gotten for $10k had I not tried to come to an agreement with him outside of the system. In my attempts to avoid a legal clusterfuck I ended up in a far longer legal clusterfuck than was necessary. His goal was to bleed me dry. He earns 2.5 times what I do so can make that $50k back in a year or two. He knows I never will.
I also learned the art of re-reading my emails about 10 times before I send them so he can't 'misunderstand' what I have written.
Unless the email or text requires an answer so like a question don't reply.
Change your ring tone on your phone to something stupid like muppets theme song or set it to silent so it can go to message bank, so you can remind your WS by email that you will only communicate via this means. It does eventually get through.
Best thing I gained in my divorce - my freedom.
YUP!! Me too. I am the poster child for self abuse in this area. Read my posts. It is almost comical. I am glad this site in anonymous because I am sure several others would be coming to my house to slap me alot.
The fact that you are aware of all this is great progress. Those of us who deny our intentions are not there yet. I am proud of your progress. Keep aware of the intentions behind your messages and you will continue to strengthen. I like Noras idea on changing the name in the phone.