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"I think immediately afterwards it was important for me to focus on myself," Mandy Moore says of her post-divorce life

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August 05, 2016 05:00 PM

The end of a marriage is never easy – but for Mandy Moore, it brought her back in touch with herself.

The 32-year-old’s divorce from rocker Ryan Adams was finalized back in June. Though some days can be challenging, Moore tells PEOPLE that she moved on by looking inward.

“I think immediately afterwards it was important for me to focus on myself [and] do what made me happy, ” she said of her post-divorce life while attending the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet in Los Angeles Thursday night. “Exercise, be around friends, just continue living life like I had been.”

But the most crucial part of her self care was less about doing and more about thinking. For Moore, it was all about accepting yourself “and recognizing that you are not an anomaly.”

She continued: “There are lots and lots of people out there that are in the same situation. And things get easier as time goes on.” 

The multi-talented star also spoke about the desire to resume her music career. “I miss it! I haven’t had a record out in, like, seven years. That is a long time!”

While she admits that singing fell by the wayside as she pursued acting roles, Moore insists that it was never far from her mind. “I have been writing music on and off, and I am around music all of the time. I’ve dated musicians, so it is very much still in my world, and something that I very much intend on getting back to when the time is right.”

Reporting by REAGAN ALEXANDER

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