You likely did not get married intending to get a divorce later on, but this is a common experience for many. According to Time, the divorce rate in the U.S. is around 39%.
Whether your split is amicable or contentious, coping with a divorce can be difficult. These tips can help you transition into your new lifestyle and better deal with the stress of the process.
1. Nurture yourself emotionally and physically
Put effort into your emotional and physical health as the divorce process progresses. For example, try to get enough sleep, exercise, eat healthfully and spend time doing activities that elevate your mood.
2. Wait to make big decisions
Divorce can initiate major changes in your life, such as moving to a new home or learning how to co-parent. Wait to make major decisions about your career, family life and living situation until you get used to these changes.
3. Take time for fun
You may want to isolate yourself more than usual during your divorce. Try to stay social instead and seek out friends and family members. You should also schedule time to try new activities that help you enjoy life more.
4. Talk to others
It is easy to bottle up your emotions during the divorce process and try to convince yourself you are fine. Stay away from this approach and talk to others who can help you through this journey, whether you consult with a therapist, good friend or close family member on a regular basis.