6 Tips for Managing Divorce Stress

Divorce is a stressful process that has mental and physical ramifications for both parties involved. Negative emotions can impact your self-image and outlook on life. Don’t succumb to depression. Instead, follow these six tips for managing divorce stress.

1.  Stay Active

Exercise and physical activity can help relieve stress and make you less upset, angry, and tense by releasing chemicals in the brain that balance out your mood. Look into classes such as kickboxing to relieve anger and tension where you can release your energy in a safe and comfortable manner.

2.  Join a Support Group

By recognizing and managing your emotional needs through the support of others going through similar circumstances, you may process your difficult emotions more easily. One of the best therapies for those going through a divorce is speaking to others about their own feelings and realizing they’re not alone. There are people available to help you through hard times.

3.  Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario

Divorce is always a complex endeavor and can leave you feeling like you’re riding a traumatic roller coaster. Until the divorce is complete, nothing is final. You’re going to go through ups and downs. While a pessimistic view of life should normally be avoided, during the divorce it can be best to adopt the approach of expecting the least and hoping for the best. By preparing for the worst-case scenario, you’ll better be able to handle the end result.

4.  Don’t Dwell on the Negative

Just because you need to prepare for the worst doesn’t mean you need to dwell on circumstances outside of your control. In these cases, it’s best just to let it go. You’ll only increase your anxiety and stress levels by dwelling on things beyond you and your attorney’s control. Don’t let them distract you from the issues at hand. Instead, move forward and focus on the present.

5.  Don’t Make Decisions Lightly

Some events during a divorce require immediate attention and you may feel pressured to make a quick decision, especially if the situation is highly stressful. However, it’s best to keep in mind that these decisions can directly affect how your case plays out, so don’t make decisions on a whim. Speak in depth with your attorney or another professional before making a final decision. We understand your need to move on from this chapter in your life, but you’ll likely have to live with your decision for the rest of your life.

6.  Let Yourself Heal

After a divorce, you need time to focus on yourself and heal. No one expects you to jump back into life with vim and vigor. Take time out for yourself, forgive yourself and others for any mistakes that led to the split, and move forward knowing you have a better understanding of what constitutes good judgment in a relationship.

Divorce can be a difficult and painful time. The team at the Law Office of Ray Garcia, P.A. understands your feeling of loss and is here to support and guide you through this complex endeavor. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.