If you and your spouse have plans to divorce, you may worry about how this decision will affect your finances, living situation and any children you have. All of these worries can result in more stress in your daily life than normal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020, 630,505 couples in the U.S. divorced or annulled their marriages, and many of these individuals struggled on an emotional level with ending their marriages. The following strategies can help you protect your mental and emotional health during this difficult time.
As you work through your divorce settlement, you may not have the emotional or mental stamina to take on new projects or even manage the everyday tasks you normally handle. Do not be hard on yourself and accept help from friends or family members when offered.
Talk through your emotions
Divorce can result in feelings of anger, loss, frustration, sadness and a range of other emotions. Do not try and repress these emotions and move on, acting as if nothing has changed. Instead, take the time to work through your emotions by talking to a counselor or a close friend or family member.
Take care of yourself
The way you feel physically can impact your emotional health. Make self-care a priority by getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet, engaging in physical activity and reducing your reliance on controlled substances.
It can take time to move on from the divorce process and establish a new normal. Remember this as you work through your divorce and move on after your marriage.