The process of divorce is stressful, to say the least. It is emotionally, mentally and financially draining, and it often feels like it will never end. Whether you are going to trial or settling your issues outside of court, it is easy to get caught up in the drama that can come with divorce proceedings and to feel completely drained at the end of the day.
Importance of good judgment
To survive your divorce, however, you must be strong and capable of making the best decisions for yourself and your family. Sometimes the stress is so overwhelming that it can blind people’s judgment and lead them to make mistakes or bad decisions that they later regret, simply because they wanted the divorce to end.
There are things you can do to alleviate the stress of divorce so you can feel better and be in a better mental space to make the best decisions for yourself. Some of these things include:
Exercising every day
Whether preparing for a marathon or simply committing yourself to walking a few times around the block, anything that gets your body moving will positively impact your physical and mental health.
Surrounding yourself with friends
Isolation during divorce can harm your mental health, so you must leave your house and spend time with others. Whether going out with friends, volunteering for an organization or joining a divorced parents support group, the options are endless.
Practice physical and mental self-care
While it may sound obvious, many people going through a divorce, especially stay-at-home moms, may find staying home in their pajamas quite tempting. However, getting up each morning, having a routine that includes your shower, caring for your body and ensuring you feel good about yourself are all essential to maintaining your mental health.
Making time every day to sit down and breathe, write down your feelings or read a book you enjoy can also be helpful in centering yourself.
Divorce is difficult no matter what the circumstances. Whether the couple is divorcing amicably or it’s a months-long drawn-out fight in the courtroom, every single person going through this needs the energy and internal peace to keep going, make it through, make the best decisions for themselves and their families and survive this difficult time. Caring for yourself is not selfish but a necessary part of everyone’s life.