You and your spouse tried relationship counseling, and other methods to repair your marriage, but it just hasn’t worked and divorce is now your reality. It may not be the fairytale ending you once hoped for, but life is not over. In many ways, it’s beginning again.

Divorce offers you a fresh start and perspective toward life. Whether you are in the beginning, turbulent or final stages of divorce, self-care is vital to staying centered during the process. Little breakdowns here and there are normal, but taking care of yourself through therapy, eating well, exercising and hanging around positivity will make you more confident and lower your divorce-related stress and anxiety.

Another pastime that comes in handy when focusing on self-care is reading. Books offer different perspectives, and views from those who have been through and dealt with similar situations. The following 5 books were written with one thought in mind: help those going through a divorce.

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

From the author that wrote the critically-acclaimed novel and film, When Harry Met Sally, comes a book about heartache. It’s autobiographical in nature, showcasing the story of how the author found out that her then-husband was in love with another woman when she was seven months pregnant. The book covers falling in love, the risks behind it, getting burned and ways to recover.

Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You by Susan J. Elliott

Listed as Amazon’s top self-help divorce book, this book talks about how it truly is possible to move past your breakup. The divorce happened. Trying to win back the love of your ex will not help you move on. The author, Susan J. Elliott proves a proven plan on how to move and happily remarry, as she did. Topics include:

  • The rules of disengaging from your ex, grief and fear
  • How to manage constant thought of your ex-spouse
  • The rules of how to take back your life and reinvigorate yourself
  • The Secrets to creating a successful and lasting relationship

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler, the writer, stand-up comedian, producer, director and star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, wrote aq collection of essays a few years back covering multiple facets of her life. One of these facets was her divorce with her past-husband Will Arnett. Though ti’s only a chapter of the book, It’s said to be a very insightful chapter written in a funny and frank tone. If you are looking for advice that’s witty and less-serious, this might be the book for you.

Remember, recovery takes time and is different for everyone, but also, remember that divorce is the beginning of a new chapter, not the end of a novel.