Four Ways to Help Cope With the Stress of Divorce
Deciding to end a marriage is never easy. The divorce process can be extremely stressful. You may find yourself questioning your most basic life decisions, including your identity and your ability to cope on your own. Old emotions and hurts you thought you had put behind you may rise to the surface once again, surprising you.
Although the stress of divorce can be difficult, you can take proactive steps to manage it. Here are four ways to help yourself cope, so you can focus on the process and on your children:
Get the help you need before you think you’ll need it.
Reach out to friends, find a therapist who specializes in working with divorcing individuals, and make sure your children have a solid schedule and people who love and support them. Depression can sneak up on you, so plan ahead to prevent it from taking over daily life.
Break up tasks into manageable pieces.
Start by making a list of tasks you need to accomplish, and then break down each these tasks into small, manageable pieces. Work on one piece at a time. You’ll make progress toward your goals every day without becoming overwhelmed by the “to do” list.
Maintain comforting rituals, and create new ones.
Everyone has comforting “self-care” rituals. Whether yours is a leisurely shower after work or a 6 a.m. run, don’t neglect the things you do to de-stress and care for yourself. If your schedule has changed so that old rituals are unworkable, make new ones and stick to them.
Work with an experienced attorney.
Attorney Thomas M. Huguenor can help you navigate the divorce process more smoothly, reducing stress and keeping your needs and interests paramount. Contact the firm to discuss your situation. We can be reached at (858) 458-9500.