Divorces can be extremely stressful, especially if they are contentious. If you are dealing with one that keeps dredging up emotions, then you may feel tired, drained or frustrated.
The good thing to remember is that your divorce will eventually be finalized, and you’ll be in a position to move on. In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to cope with the stress.
Exercise when you can
Even if it’s only for a few hours throughout the week, exercise can make a difference in how you feel. It helps you relieve stress and stabilize your emotions thanks to the release of “feel good” chemicals, like dopamine.
Take care of your emotional needs
The next thing to do is to take care of your emotional needs. If you need someone to talk to, consider talking to a counselor. If you want to take your mind off what’s going on, read a book or go out with friends. Relaxing, in whatever way you prefer, will help you calm yourself.
Put aside expectations
It’s better to go into your divorce without significant expectations. Until you talk with your attorney and start negotiating, there is no guarantee that you’ll get the outcome you expect. In most cases, both parties do have to be flexible, so be prepared for that.
These are three tips to help you cope with your divorce and feel better physically and emotionally. Taking some steps to take care of yourself during this trying time can make a big difference in your life as you work on the divorce and as you move forward following your divorce.