Divorce or separation is never easy and the process can be highly stressful for all parties involved. As well as the practical considerations to sort out (such as division of finances and property), there’s also the emotional impact of divorce.
Even if your divorce was a mutual decision, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed, anxious or apprehensive about the future. This can be compounded if your divorce has become contentious or if there are children involved, but there are ways to help you manage. If you’re in the middle of the divorce process and need some support, read on for our advice to help you cope.
Don’t go through the process alone
Divorce can be a very uncertain time, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, whether that’s from friends and family, professional help, or a combination of the two. Support can take many forms, from the emotional support of a therapist, to practical help from friends and family members with childcare, or a sympathetic ear and a cup of tea.
Look after yourself physically and mentally
It’s particularly important to take care of yourself during difficult times, even if it’s the last thing you feel like doing. Nourish your body with healthy food and try to make time to relax and exercise when you can. Sticking to routines as much as possible can help and you can always reach out to a third party if you feel overwhelmed.
Take regular breaks
Although routine is important, it’s completely natural to not be functioning at ‘your best’. Be kind to yourself and take regular breaks when you need them. The healing process can take time, so it’s important to carve out periods where you can relax and recharge.
Acknowledge your feelings
Painful feelings can be difficult to sit with, but pushing them down or ignoring them can be much worse in the long term. You may feel a full spectrum of emotions, from relief to sadness, anger, confusion or frustration. There’s no ‘right or wrong’ way to feel, but writing things down or speaking to a therapist can help you come to terms with any difficult feelings.
If you need professional help and support to navigate the divorce process, get in touch with the experts at Richards & Lewis. Our specialist divorce solicitors are on hand to help you navigate the process and ensure that you get the best possible outcome. We can help with any difficult issues that may arise, such as child custody or maintenance payments, and we’ll explain how things work so you know where you stand. For more information or to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call today or contact us via the website.