Your divorce may mark a difficult transition and period in your life. Although you may have never pictured yourself getting divorced, this is a common experience for many couples.
According to the American Psychological Association, between 40 and 50% of marriages in the U.S. eventually result in divorce. As you go through this process, there are steps you should take to manage your stress and take care of your mental health.
1. Talk about your feelings
Rely on your friends and family members when you need to talk about your frustrations and difficulties. You may also want to join a support group of other divorcees or speak to a professional, like a therapist or counselor, about your child custody, spousal support or property division struggles.
2. Invest in your physical health
Your physical health can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional health. Invest time and intention into eating nutritious foods, staying physically active and getting enough sleep.
3. Make time for hobbies
During your divorce, it may feel like you have very little time for the things you enjoy. Try and carve out time in your schedule for relaxing, enjoyable activities. You may also want to use your divorce as an opportunity to try something new.
Getting divorced can make it feel like your life is in upheaval for a period of time. Along with taking care of yourself on a physical, emotional and mental level, try to remember that life will eventually feel normal once again.