Going through a divorce can take a toll on your mental health. You may face feelings of guilt, and your spouse may intentionally cause anxiety, making a complex process even harder. In addition, parents have the added stress of taking care of children alone or attempting to co-parent through a custody battle. As a result, your mental health could take a beating. Here’s how to stay mentally healthy through a divorce.
Create a Self-Care Routine
Whether you’re just busier than you used to be or feeling unworthy of the extra attention, it’s essential to take care of yourself. Now more than ever, you should set time aside to take a bath, take yourself out to breakfast, read a book, see a movie, or even take a nap. Whatever you feel you need to do to rest and recharge your batteries, be sure to make it part of your routine.
Reconnect with Friends
It’s easy to forget about your friends as you become focused on your divorce. However, they can be great supporters through the process. Whether you need a shoulder to cry on or a distraction from a challenging discussion, your friends are there for you, so don’t forget them. If you are struggling, ask your friends to help you out.
Remember to Laugh
Laughter increases the amount of oxygen and reduces the amount of stress chemicals in your brain. So, go to a comedy show, put on a stand-up comedy, go to a karaoke bar with friends even though you can’t sing, but do something to encourage laughter. Do it often, and it will positively impact your mental health.
Exercising releases endorphins, which improve our moods almost immediately after a workout and have a long-term effect on depression. If you’ve been considering a workout routine, now might be the time to start. Not only will you reduce your stress, but you may increase your confidence as you lose weight or feel more fit.
Sometimes it’s the uncertainty of the future that has us anxious and restless. To put your mind at ease, take some time to map out your future. You don’t need to have all the answers, but just jotting down some thoughts can help.
For additional support and guidance through the legal process of divorce, contact the Lake Harriet Law Office. We can shoulder much of the burden so you can focus on moving forward with your life.
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At Lake Harriet Law, we work diligently for our clients, to help them receive the best terms in their divorce, including a fair and equitable financial settlement. If you are considering a divorce, contact our team to begin designing a legal strategy to protect your future.
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