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Self-Care During Your Divorce

Even the most straightforward, uncontested divorce is a significant life change. When you are going through a divorce, it can be easy to feel like you are being pulled in many different directions: Your kids need a supportive parent, the court needs documents about your marriage, you need to figure out where you will live and how you will adjust to living on one income after the divorce. It is easy to become stressed during your divorce and make unhealthy, even self-destructive, choices. Do not feel ashamed to reach out to a mental health professional about the pressures you feel; getting divorced is not easy. Self-care is an important part of keeping yourself healthy, both mentally and physically, as you work through the divorce process and adjust to life in the years that follow.

Speak with a Mental Health Professional if Necessary

If you feel anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed by the pressures of your divorce, consider seeking professional help. Many people feel apprehensive about seeking professional mental health care, which only keeps them suffering from their issues longer. You might find that medication helps you with the conditions you face or that you can find relief simply through talk therapy and altering your behaviors.

Do Not Neglect Your Physical Health

Physical health and mental health are closely linked. Do not ignore your physical well-being because you think you do not have time or resources to take care of yourself. If you feel ill, go to the doctor. Continue to eat a healthy, balanced diet and work out regularly. Feeling strong and healthy physically will help you feel more capable of facing the challenges of your divorce.

Always Focus on the Future

As you move through the divorce process, keep your focus on your future. Talk to your lawyer about your goals and how you can work together to achieve those goals, such as a 50/50 parenting time arrangement for your children or retaining your marital home. Although you might not achieve all of your divorce goals completely, having a goal-oriented mindset can put you in a better position to achieve them. Think about the changes you are making now as steps toward a happier, healthier future. You might be on a strict budget now because it will enable you to finish the divorce process with little or no debt. You are demonstrating your fitness as a parent so you can continue to have a strong relationship with your children after the divorce.

Work with an Experienced Divorce Lawyer

During your divorce, there are a lot of demands on your time and energy. You have lawyer meetings to attend, your hearings to attend, the pressures of caring for your children while dismantling your marriage, and adjusting to life as a single person. Remember to take care of yourself during this difficult time. For legal guidance and representation, contact our team of divorce lawyers at Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd. today to set up your initial consultation.

Published April 19, 2017
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