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Protecting Your Mental Health in Divorce

by | May 28, 2023 | Uncategorized |

Besides the death of a loved one, a divorce is probably the most emotional event you could go through. Divorce is almost like experiencing the death of a loved one, in a way. It is, in effect, the death of a marriage. 

Because of this, many people feel depressed after a divorce. They may feel as though they cannot go on with life. Some even consider suicide. 

After a divorce, it is easy to feel like a failure. However, you need to think positively. Life does go on after a divorce. After some time, you may even feel a sense of relief. You may even enjoy single life. 

After your marriage ends, you need to take the proper steps to protect your mental health. Here are some tips to help. 

Allow Yourself to Grieve

Like a family member’s death, divorce will force you to grieve. You will feel a variety of emotions. You may start out in denial, but over time, you will accept the divorce. There is no set time period for grief, so do not expect to get over your divorce overnight. However, if you feel stuck and are not seeing any improvement after some time, see a therapist for help. 

Take Care of Yourself

The stress of a divorce can cause you to develop bad habits. You might overeat, not exercise enough, drink too much alcohol, or start smoking. These are all bad habits that can make anxiety and depression even worse. Your first step should be to get moving. Exercise is a great form of stress relief. Physical activity causes your body to release endorphins, which make you feel good. Aim for 30 minutes a day. 

Try New Things

Divorce is a good reason to try a new hobby or engage in a new interest. Reconnecting with hobbies you used to enjoy can help you prepare for your transition to single life. You will be on your own now, so you have time to focus on yourself and do what you enjoy. Join a sport or enroll in a class. You will meet new people, which can be helpful as you navigate your divorce. 

Seek Emotional Support

Be sure to stay in touch with friends and family members. Venting to loved ones and leaning on friends for emotional support can help you as you deal with all the emotions of divorce. If you do not have anyone to talk to, counseling can be helpful. A therapist can help you better prepare as you transition from marriage to single life.

Contact Us Today

Divorces are highly emotional. They cause a lot of stress, grief, resentment, anger, and even depression. It is important to know how to keep all these emotions under control.

The Law Offices of Michael A. Robbins can guide you through your divorce and help you deal with all the emotions involved. We’ll work hard to provide you with the best representation possible. To schedule a consultation, call (248) 646-7980 or fill out the online form.