How to take care of yourself during divorce
12 February 2024
Divorce can be a challenging and emotionally difficult process. Practising wellness techniques can help you navigate through this period with more resilience and clarity. Here are some coping methods you can consider.
- Self-care: prioritise your wellbeing by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. This could include exercise (a personal one for me is a walk in the woods), meditation, reading, having a bath, spending time with family and friends, or pursuing hobbies.
- Sleep: getting quality sleep is a vital aspect of maintaining both mental and physical health. Sleep restores energy levels and repairs the body. If you do not get enough sleep, it can make you irritable, and can impact your judgment.
- Emotional support: seek support from friends, family or ideally a therapist who can provide a safe space for you to express your emotions and thoughts. Talking to someone impartial can offer valuable perspective and help you process your feelings.
- Communication: maintain open and respectful communication with your ex. Clear and honest communication can help minimise misunderstandings and conflicts, making the divorce process smoother.
- Boundaries: establish clear boundaries to protect your emotional wellbeing. This includes setting limits on communication, social media interactions and any other areas that may cause stress or anxiety.
- Self-reflection: take time to reflect on your own role in the divorce. This can help you gain insight and take responsibility for your actions, leading to personal growth and the ability to make healthier choices moving forward.
- Seek legal advice: consult with a divorce lawyer who can guide you through the legal aspects of the process. Having a knowledgeable professional by your side can provide reassurance and ensure that you are dealing with matters in the right way.
Please remember that each divorce is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It is important to find techniques that resonate with you and adapt them to your specific situation. Take it one day at a time and be gentle with yourself throughout the process.
The content of this article is for general information only. It is not, and should not be taken as, legal advice. If you require any further information in relation to this article please contact the author in the first instance. Law covered as at February 2024.