When you walked down the aisle on your wedding day, you did not picture yourself eventually ending your marriage. But divorce is something that happens to many couples, even those married for many years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that in 2018 in the U.S., 782,038 divorces and annulments occurred. Even though divorce is a common experience, this life-changing process can affect your mental health. These strategies can help you cope and look forward to post-divorce life.
Take care of yourself
Working through the divorce process makes it easy to forget about your basic needs. But you should attempt to exercise, eat nutritious foods and get enough sleep as much as possible.
Rely on a support system
Do not be afraid to rely on your family and friends for emotional support during your divorce. You may also want to talk to a therapist about what you are going through or look for a divorce support group in your local area.
Try new things
Your divorce is an opportunity to reinvent your life and try out new hobbies and interests. For example, you may want to try out a new hairstyle or go back to school so you can make a change to your career.
Most importantly, remember that even though your life does not feel normal right now, it eventually will. Try to view your divorce as a positive change in your life that allows you to try out new things and rediscover a different side of yourself.