You have all the necessary paperwork, a checklist and a legal advocate for your divorce case. True, you are off to a solid start for dissolving your marriage, but take steps to take proper care of your mental health.
Mental Health America breaks down coping strategies for those going through a divorce. Learn how to protect your peace of mind during your legal case.
Re-engage with yourself
You had your own passions, interests and hobbies before getting married. Now is a good time to revisit and rediscover those interests. Doing so is a great way to connect to your core self, that part you may have unintentionally drifted away from during your marriage.
Disengage from conflict
Because emotions are often high during a divorce, your soon-to-be-ex may easily upset you. Do everything you can to keep your cool, as anger and frustration can lead to stress, which is not good for your mental or physical health. If you get heated, step away from the conversation or situation and take some time to cool off before revisiting the matter.
Create a support network
Now is the perfect time to reach out to family and friends to give them the opportunity to take care of you. Share your mental and emotional struggles to vent and gain a new perspective that can help you experience some much-needed clarity. There is nothing wrong with wanting to weather the emotional storm on your own, but it is OK to let people help you carry the load and lighten your stress and anxiety.
Make space for your mental health during your marital split. Healthy coping strategies can help make the next chapter of your life brighter.