Maintaining Your Mental Health Through the Divorce Process and Beyond
On October 10th people around the globe will celebrate “World Mental Health Day“. This day is meant to raise awareness about the variety of mental health issues and mobilize efforts to support those in need. As family law attorneys we know that divorce can have a profound impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health. The divorce process can cause several negative emotions including stress, anger, sadness, and loneliness. While navigating the divorce process, it is difficult to make your mental health a priority because you are distracted with decision-making while transitioning to a new phase of life. Once the process of divorcing your spouse is complete, you are left to deal with all the negative emotions you pushed aside.
The experience of divorce might feel like the death of a loved one. You will go through feelings of grief and loss during and after the process. It might be helpful to establish a trusted friend or counselor at the beginning to help you navigate the emotions you will encounter as you proceed. It is important to establish a good support system while going through a divorce. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and lift your spirits.
Not everyone who goes through a divorce will feel the same. Change is not easy. When going through a family transition, allow yourself to feel the range of emotions you will face without judgment. This will help you process and move forward. After the divorce is final, spend some time reinventing yourself with new friendships, new hobbies, and new interests. Remember, taking care of your physical health is just as important as maintaining your mental health. Physical activity can help alleviate stress, help you sleep better, and boost your mood.
If you are considering divorce as the next step in your life, please contact an experienced family law attorney to help you navigate the process. At Phillips & Peters, our divorce attorneys are client-focused and want to help you set goals and expectations during the divorce process to help you move forward.