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Self-care and emotions during divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2019 | Divorce

Ending a marriage requires more than simply filing the legal paperwork in a Florida court. Both spouses may feel powerful and conflicting emotions, including sadness, anger, relief or insecurity about the future. When a person is dealing with all these emotions, he or she may have trouble parenting, performing at work and maintaining friendships. Fortunately, there are several effective tools and strategies that may help individuals manage their emotions and navigate the divorce process with good mental health.

The American Psychological Association provides several strategies for a healthy divorce. One of the most effective ways to deal with overwhelming emotions during the process is to practice self-care. Choosing to be kind and compassionate toward oneself may make it easier to handle the daily changes the occur during a divorce. The APA also recommends that divorcing individuals prioritize communication: with the ex-spouse, with children, with supportive friends and/or with a professional therapist. Going through mediation may help both spouses reach an amicable divorce settlement.

In some cases, financial issues may cause additional stress during a divorce, especially if there are significant alimony or child support payments required. Psychology Today offers tips on numerous self-care options that do not require spending money. Physical self-care activities that do not cost money may include taking a nature walk or practicing yoga at home. Individuals may practice mental self-care by reframing negative thoughts and keeping a journal. Some forms of emotional self-care may include focusing on positive affirmations and spending time with a supportive friend. Spiritual self-care activities are also important: meditation, attending religious services, volunteering or joining a support group. Practicing self-care may help individuals adjust to changes and emerge from the divorce process with healthy habits and a positive outlook.