There is little worse than feeling trapped in an unhappy relationship. Divorce can solve that and pave the way for a happier future. Yet, that newfound happiness might not happen immediately, and you need to be prepared for things getting worse before they get better.
Grief is natural when any important relationship comes to an end. So, even if you hate your marriage, you may still find yourself grieving for it once it is over. In some cases, that can spill over into depression.
While some people are naturally more susceptible to depression than others, it can happen to anyone. Understanding some of the warning signs can help you acknowledge it might be affecting you, enabling you to seek help from friends or professionals.
What does depression look like?
It affects people in different ways. Here are some of the possible signs:
- Isolating yourself from others
- Inability to focus
- Losing interest in the things you enjoy
- Losing your appetite or overeating
What can you do to reduce the chance of depression when you divorce?
None of these things can rule depression out, as the brain is a complex mechanism. Yet by planning to put yourself in a stronger position, you can reduce the chances.
Gather a support team. You undoubtedly have plenty of friends and family who will help you, but you may need to ask them. They might take you at your word if you tell them you are fine.
Keep the conflict to a minimum. Arguments consume considerable energy. Mediating your divorce, rather than litigating it, minimizes the friction, reduces the stress and helps you stay more in control of your future.