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The importance of self-care during and after a divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2023 | Divorce

According to the National Institute of Health, research has shown a strong correlation between divorce and adverse health effects among divorcing spouses in California and around the country. Many divorced adults report poorer mental and physical health and experience more stress and anxiety. While divorce can feel like the world is ending, it is important to keep a positive perspective and make every attempt to deal with it in the healthiest way possible.

Focus on physical health

Physical activity reduces stress hormones and increases the production of endorphins. These help to elevate mood and even lessen pain. Going for a simple walk can be a great way to cope with the stresses of divorce and can keep you physically fit. Exercise can also help you get a better night’s sleep so that your ability to function and think rationally is at a higher level.

Mindfulness helps prospective

Being mindful of your circumstances can help keep your emotions in balance. Instead of consistently reliving the past in your mind or spending time thinking about how bleak the future could be, focus on the present and how things are now. Concentrate on the best possible outcome for each situation you are dealing with. For example, the best outcome for your children might be fostering an amicable relationship with their other parent rather than arguing and trying to prove your ex-spouse wrong.

Make peace with your feelings

Realize the emotions you are feeling about divorcing your spouse are normal. It is acceptable to feel confused, hurt and even angry that your marriage is ending, and you should not criticize these emotions. Working through these feelings will take time. By consistently seeking a way forward, you will find resolution for these feelings in time.

There are so many benefits in dealing with your divorce in the most proactive way possible. Taking charge of your health and mental well-being can help ensure you live your best life.