In this blog post our specialist divorce lawyers share their tips for taking care of yourself during divorce.
The nature of the relationship between divorcing couples tends to take them through the full range of emotions from amicable to anger to fear and everything in between. Going through divorce is never easy It can be easy to get caught up in the stress and lose sight of taking care of yourself. Looking after yourself is essential during this time.
With over decades of experience supporting clients through the divorce process our specialist divorce lawyers share some of their ten tips on how to take care of yourself during divorce.
Prioritise self-care: It’s essential to prioritize self-care during this time. Make sure to take some time out of your day to do something that you enjoy, whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or taking a relaxing bath. This will help you to de-stress and focus on yourself.
Seek support: Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, or a counsellor or divorce coach for support. It’s essential to have someone to talk to and lean on during this time.
Stay active: Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your mental health. Even if it’s just going for a walk, staying active can help you to feel better and more energized.
Maintain a healthy diet: Eating a balanced and healthy diet can help you to feel more energised and improve your mood. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
Take breaks from social media: Social media can be a great way to connect with others, but it can also be a source of stress and anxiety. Consider taking a break from social media or limiting your time on it to avoid any negative emotions it may bring up.
Take care of your physical health: It’s important to take care of your physical health during this time. Make sure to attend any necessary medical check-ups and dental appointments.
Set boundaries: Set boundaries with your ex-spouse to avoid any unnecessary stress. This could include setting limits on when and how you communicate with each other.
Try a little mindfulness: Mindfulness can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. Consider practicing mindfulness meditation or deep breathing exercises to help you stay calm and centred.
Allow yourself to feel your emotions: It’s important to allow yourself to feel your emotions during this time. Don’t try to suppress your feelings, as this can lead to even more stress and anxiety. Instead, try to process your emotions in a healthy way, such as talking to a therapist or journaling.
Say farewell gracefully – You are the only person who can control how you feel – and you control your feelings by controlling your thoughts. Don’t give your ex the power to control your life, your emotions, and how you experience the moments of your day. Be courageous. By recognising and accepting what went wrong and by defining how you want your future to look you can find yourself on a new path.
No one person is the same and you will have to find what works for you. Finding appropriate support and focussing on your own self-care will help you navigate your divorce and find a way to move on.
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