Family Law: Dealing with the Stress of Divorce
Divorce is a struggle to get through and it makes for a tough time on all the parties involved. The emotional and physical toll on your body during a divorce is devastating; people often lose sleep, do not eat well, emotions run high, etc. the bottom line is that it is a very, very stressful time for people. The biggest way this can all impact you is that it impacts how you deal with yourself on a daily basis and it impacts everything you do. The trick is to be able to relax but of course, during a divorce something like relaxation is hard to do. Most people have trouble realizing that being stressed and letting themselves become consumed by the stress do not actually help the divorce process move any quicker or easier; during these times, one needs to keep focus on themselves. There are a few tips and tricks one can do to help keep healthy during a divorce.
The first thing one can do is talk through things. While going through the divorce process, it is important to be able to talk to someone about things that are going on; while you cannot always discuss the specifics, you can talk about how you feel during the process and your thoughts, etc. It is good to vent and to let go of some of your anxiety. Looking after yourself is not a selfish endeavor and can help the process move better as you do not have clouded judgment.
The second thing you can do to help relieve stress is to have fun. This will be hard since you may not want to do things that are fun or even enjoy yourself while doing the things that are regarded as fun. However, try to do things that you have fun doing, whatever they may be; or, try something you have never done before that you think could be fun.
The third thing you can do is to exercise. Exercise is a great way to help you release stress. It has been proven that exercising and working out relieves stress by releasing "feel good" bodies in the brain that help you, well, feel good.
The fourth thing you can do is to take things one day at a time. When things get overwhelming and looking at the week ahead drives you crazy, do not look at the week ahead, just look at the day ahead. Do what you need to get done that day and do not worry about what is there tomorrow. Or, even just take things one hour at a time if the day as a whole is too much.
I hope these tips can help you during your divorce; it’s not easy but you can and will survive the process.