There’s no getting around the fact that divorce is hard. It takes its toll on you in almost every way. It’s emotionally, financially and mentally challenging. It can be easy to lose yourself in the middle of it all and forget to take care of yourself.
According to statistics reported by Psychology Today.
- Divorced people suffer higher rates of depression, substance abuse, death and general illness than married people.
- 20% of divorced people are more likely to have long-term and chronic health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses.
- Men and women have an increased risk of heart attack after a divorce.
- Serious chronic health issues can continue decades after a divorce.
Making your mental health a priority is essential to help combat the physical manifestations of stress. You need to be able to make sensible and logical long-term decisions during this time, and doing so requires you to take care of your well-being. Below are a few steps you can take to look after yourself mentally while you are in the process of divorcing.
Be kind to yourself in your internal dialogue
Accepting that your marriage has come to an end can be emotionally taxing. It’s normal to grieve for the relationship you thought you were going to have, especially if it wasn’t your decision to divorce. You may blame yourself about what you could have done differently and punish yourself or feel a sense of shame or failure.
Self-sabotage can leave you feeling depressed and anxious. You deserve to treat yourself with kindness. Surround yourself with a strong network of friends and family. Establish a confidante who will help propel you forward. Consider reaching out to a licensed therapist where you can discuss your sadness or concerns in a safe and confidential space.
Look after yourself physically
While exercising may be the last thing you feel like doing if you’re having a hard time mentally, it might be just what you need. Any form of movement encourages those feel-good endorphins. Simply getting outside and moving your body can help lift your mood and leave you feeling more positive about your future. When you still do not feel like moving, ask a friend to go with you and to help hold you accountable.
Lean on an advocate for support
If you’re looking for more information about your options for divorce, having supportive and empathetic legal guidance is the first step in the process. At The Law Firm of Poppe & Associates, PLLC, our focus is relentless advocacy for our clients. Mia provides strength and guidance throughout the legal process so her clients can move forward and start building the life they deserve.
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Mia Poppe, Esq.