There is no sugar coating it: divorce is stressful. Very stressful. According to prominent psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe, divorce is ranked second in the list of life events that can attribute to actual physical illness.
While you can’t completely rid yourself of the stress of divorce, there are certain practices that you can implement to manage the stress. Managing the stress will allow you to stay focused on what really matters, and will ensure that you emerge from the divorce well on your way to enjoying the next chapter of your life.
Tip #1: Find a Support Group. Engaging constructively with a group of individuals that are going through a similarly stressful event can help you gain perspective on your situation and lead to important insights about this emotional process.
Tip #2: Stay Active. Exercise is proven to reduce stress. By bumping up the release of endorphins (the brains feel-good chemical), exercise can lead to immediate increase in mood. Additionally, exercise causes your mind to focus on the task at hand thereby not-thinking about the things in your life that have been causing you stress.
Tip #3: Do Things for You. In times of stress, we often overlook the most important person in our lives: ourselves. It is important during this time of emotional instability, to treat yourself to the things you enjoy: go see a movie, read a good book, eat your favorite meal, take time for your hobby. Taking time for yourself will lead to a boost in self-esteem, which has a positive effect on stress levels.
Tip #4: Feel. That is, let yourself feel. Let down your guard. It’s healthy to let yourself experience the full range of emotions brought on by divorce. However, it is important to deal with those emotions constructively. During to drinking or drugs will have a negative effect on your stress levels and ultimately case more problems.
At The Law Office Of Robert B. Buchanan, we support our clients in every way possible: legally and emotionally, and if needed we can refer you to a qualified therapist. Call us at (312) 757-4833 if you’d like to discuss your situation.