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Taking care of your mental health during a divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2023 | Divorce

Divorce can be one of the most mentally and emotionally stressful experiences you will ever go through. You might know that your marriage is over, and that divorce is the right choice, but you may still experience feelings of sadness, bitterness and regret.

Taking care of your mental health during this time is incredibly important. Even the simplest divorces involve making some major decisions about your life and future, and not being in the right frame of mind can increase your chance of making poor choices.

Allow yourself some time to heal

Know that your feelings are normal. You are going through a major life change, which usually comes with feelings of anxiety, depression and uncertainty.

Don’t try to do everything that you usually do and pretend that everything is normal. Recognize that it is not, at least for a little while.

You will probably not be at your best while going through your divorce, and that is fine. Think about taking a break from some things, if possible, and returning to them once you are ready.

Have someone to talk to

While taking a break for some alone time can help, so can having the support of your family or friends. Take advantage of people who are trying to be there for you. At times when you feel like being alone, they will understand, but talking things over with them when you need to can improve your mental state.

Not everyone has the benefit of a strong support system. If you do not have anyone to talk about things with (or even if you do!), consider reaching out for professional support.

Routines and hobbies

Stick to routines as much as you can. This will help you remember that not everything is changing, and you still have control over some things.

At the same time, cultivate new or abandoned hobbies. There was probably something that you used to enjoy doing that you gave up once you got married, or something you always wanted to try, but never did. Now is the time.

Divorce attorneys offer advice and guidance through the divorce process in Michigan. Having the support of a divorce attorney means you can focus on yourself and moving forward, while your attorney handles the rest.