If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you may worry about what your life will look like moving forward. You may not have ever pictured getting divorced and this major life change can be hard on your mental health.
Divorce is a common experience, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in 2020 alone, 630,505 divorces and annulments occurred in the U.S. As you prepare for divorce proceedings, there are things you can do to help yourself cope emotionally and start the healing process.
Go easy on yourself
During your divorce, you may not have the time or emotional energy to take on additional projects or commitments like you normally would. Try and scale back on your commitments and do not make yourself feel guilty for not doing more.
Establish a strong support system
Do not be afraid to turn to friends and family members when you need help. You may also want to start seeing a therapist who can help you work through your emotions and maintain perspective during this difficult time.
Make time for yourself
Even though it may seem like you do not have enough time for anything, make room in your schedule for taking care of yourself emotionally and physically. Now may also be a good time to rediscover yourself and try out a new activity or hobby.
It can take time to recover emotionally from the effects of the divorce process. Give yourself permission to grieve the end of your marriage but remember that a positive life can still lie ahead.