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How can you shield your mental health during a divorce?

On Behalf of | May 3, 2024 | Divorce |

The process of ending a marriage can be overwhelming, and you might feel unsure of how this decision will impact your future. During a divorce, you will be making decisions that will impact your future, including what will happen to your personal property, how you and your spouse will share time with the children and more. It is not easy to confront all of these issues in a short amount of time, and it can take a toll on you.

Divorce is going to impact your mental and emotional health. It is normal to feel confused, frustrated, angry, hurt and much more during this time. However, there are certain steps you can take that will allow you to more effectively protect your mental health and emotional interests during this time. By protecting yourself, you are setting yourself up for success and stability long after divorce is final.

Practical steps for your well-being

Divorce is difficult, even if you and the other spouse resolve to work together amicably throughout the process. It is emotional to end a marriage, even if you think it’s the best decision. It may help to remember that your feelings are valid, but that you don’t have to struggle alone. Some practical steps you can take for yourself include:

  • Find someone to talk to, whether it’s a trusted friend or professional.
  • Know that these strong feelings will pass, and that you won’t always feel this way.
  • Take care of yourself physically as this can help you emotionally and mentally.
  • Understand that it is okay to not be okay, and you can experience a range of different emotions.

As you take care of yourself, you will need to take steps to take care of your kids as well. Show them compassion and understanding as they are also experiencing significant amounts of change, and connect them with professional help if they need it.

Think about the future

Divorce is difficult, but you do not have to navigate it alone. In addition to taking care of your mental and emotional interests during this time, you can also take steps to protect your legal and financial interests by pursuing fair and reasonable terms. You may benefit from working with an experienced New Jersey professional during this time.