7 Tips for Handling Divorce Stress

We know that divorce is a stressful time. We know that it is not easy to love every minute of life while you are going through the divorce process. We certainly do not expect you to have it together at every moment. This is one of the many reasons why we recommend that couples consider getting a collaborative divorce, which can expedite the process significantly. No matter how long your divorce lasts, however, we intimately know how difficult it can be.

In the middle of a divorce, one of the best things you can do is take the time to try and reduce your stress levels. Here is our list of 7 tips for properly handling divorce stress:

Let Go of Worry

We know, we know: we’re not telling you just to quit worrying about your divorce and expect that to stick. However, you may want to consider letting go of some of your concerns. The fact of the matter is that plenty of problems are completely beyond your control, which means they will always end up exactly the same no matter whether you worry about them or not. Consider letting go of everything that you can afford to.

Don’t Shut Down

Divorce comes with a lot of strong emotions, and that is okay! Everything you are feeling is natural and valid. Let yourself feel your emotions without judgement. This is always a better solution than closing yourself off, which inevitably leads to more trouble down the line from unresolved feelings.

Take Care of Yourself

At the same time, you don’t want to live in negative emotions and hurt for any longer than you have to. Remember to take the time to take care of yourself every day. Consider making an effort to stay physically active. We recommend keeping it to one pint of ice cream every week – two at the most. (We won’t judge though.)

Make Time for Hobbies

Divorce normally goes one of two ways: you either have more free time than you know what to do with, or you are more busy than you ever have been before. Either way, consider making some time for personal hobbies! Hobbies tend to get lost in a marriage, but investing time in things that make you happy is always rewarding. Coloring books are a great way to relieve stress as well!

Find Your Support System

Find the people around you who will be dependably there for you throughout this process. That list could include family, friends, neighbors, community members, or even a support group that you find. These people should be an outlet for emotional support, but also to have fun with and to help you out logistically. Make active plans with others and stick to them.

Take Time for Yourself

The most important advice we can give is to make time for yourself. We recognize that this might be a new concept for some people, and we know how difficult it can be to find alone time in the middle of a divorce. It might even be painful to be alone at first. Simply recognizing your emotions and needs is an essential first step towards fulfilling them. Don’t sacrifice your most important resources – your time and your soul – for a simple divorce.

Ask for Help!

At Andrea L. Gamalski Attorney & Counselor at Law, we believe in caring for you so you can care for your family and your home. We know how difficult divorce can be, and we are there for you every step of the way. Contact Andrea L. Gamalski Attorney & Counselor at Law today to speak to a family law attorney who gets it. We are here to help!

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Andrea L. Gamalski understands how important it is to have a compassionate and empathetic family law attorney who fights hard for their clients in the courtroom–mainly because she’s been one of these clients herself.

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