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The importance of self-care during divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2023 | Firm News

Divorce can be a stressful and emotionally challenging experience, and it is important to prioritize self-care during this time. Here are some reasons self-care is so important, especially during a divorce.

Reduce stress

Divorce can be a significant source of stress, and self-care practices like exercise, meditation, or spending time with loved ones can help reduce that stress.

Focus on your emotional health

Divorce can be emotionally draining, and it can feel like it takes every ounce of energy you have. Make sure you are taking care of yourself emotionally and meeting your emotional needs, whether that means ensuring that you have someone to help you process difficult emotions, going to therapy or writing in a journal.

Maintain your physical health

Divorce disrupts routines and can create havoc in families’ daily lives. Keeping healthy habits such as not overeating and prioritizing self-care practices like regular exercise and healthy eating can help maintain physical health.

Build resilience

Going through a divorce can be a challenging experience, but practicing self-care can help build resilience and develop healthy coping skills that can be useful not only during the divorce but also after it. Keeping this in mind can be helpful because it provides hope and the knowing that something good will come out of your divorce.

Set boundaries

Setting boundaries can be difficult because it may involve conversations and interactions with former partners and their family members. Putting yourself first by setting appropriate boundaries can help support your mental health.

Do not do anything you do not want to do and limit conversations with former partners or have your attorney have all conversations with them. That might be helpful if you are affected by having contact with them.

Caring for yourself during and after a divorce is essential and is one of the most important things you can and should do. Divorce is a difficult time, and while there is no way to avoid the challenges that come with a divorce, there are ways to cope and manage your emotions to stay healthy.