Divorce can be a difficult time in your life for many reasons. This legal process can have an impact on where you live, how much time you spend with your children, your finances and more.
Since divorce can alter your life significantly, you may have a hard time coping emotionally. These tips can help you support yourself on an emotional level as you adjust to post-divorce life.
1. Rely on a support group
Depression is common for many adults (the National Institute of Mental Health states that 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017), and you may find yourself feeling depressed during your divorce. Talk to a therapist about how you are feeling and turn to friends and family members for emotional support.
2. Remember to care for your physical health
Your physical health can affect your mental and emotional health during your divorce. Try to get enough sleep, exercise regularly and eat a nutritious diet, so you feel prepared to cope with the demands of your divorce.
3. Look to the future
It is easy for your divorce to feel all-consuming. Try to remember that your divorce will eventually end, and your life will begin to feel normal once again.
Divorce is also an opportunity to reinvent yourself and try new things as a newly single person. Use this change in your life as a chance to try out a new hobby, go back to school or even change careers, for example.