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Splitting up without breaking down: Manage stress during divorce

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Divorce

Divorce is often cited as one of life’s most stressful events, right up there with the loss of a loved one or a serious illness. If you are facing this challenging transition, know that it is natural to experience a whirlwind of emotions and stress.

However, while you may not completely eradicate the stress in your life, reducing it can tremendously improve your overall health.

Take a multi-prong approach to alleviating stress

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing divorce-related stress. Instead, consider trying various types of stress relief to help you cope:

  • Physical exercise: Regular activity boosts endorphins, which can improve your mood. Whether it is a brisk walk, a kickboxing class or a bike ride, finding an exercise you enjoy can be good for your overall health.
  • Yoga and meditation: Mindfulness practices can help center your thoughts and keep you grounded. These can be effective in reducing anxiety and promoting emotional health.
  • Self-care: Prioritize activities that make you feel good, like reading a book, taking a bath or engaging in a hobby. Self-care is crucial for mental health.
  • Social support: Lean on friends and family. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with those you trust can be incredibly cathartic.
  • Professional guidance: Don’t overlook the relief that can come from delegating tasks to those who can help. Lawyers can manage legal paperwork and negotiations, easing your mental load. Financial advisors can help you understand the implications of your divorce and plan for the future. Therapists can provide emotional support and coping strategies.

Whether you utilize one or many of these strategies, the key is to approach the situation proactively and with the right tools at your disposal.

Avoid mistakes that can exacerbate stress

Be cautious, however, when it comes to finding your preferred stress-management solutions. In some cases, certain actions can actually make your situation more stressful.

More specifically, it can be crucial to avoid things like:

  • Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Overspending
  • Engaging in risky behaviors
  • Making major life changes without thinking them through
  • Venting or badmouthing others online

These and similar behaviors can be toxic and make your situation more complicated and stressful.

When you take control of your stress and avoid common missteps, you can navigate your divorce with resilience and clarity.