It is no secret that going through a divorce is stressful, even when each party approaches the process with a co-operative mindset. Experts say that we process divorce much like a death. First, there is the initial shock, a grieving process, and then acceptance. Going through this difficult time can be incredibly overwhelming, especially when you don’t have the information and support you need. At West Coast Family Mediation Center, we understand the emotional aspects of divorce and are here to help you manage your stress throughout the divorce process. Here are a few ways you can help to mitigate stress during a divorce.
Build a Support System
The first step in managing a changing family dynamic is to lay the foundation for a new support system. For most, their spouse was their primary source of comfort and communication. Now you will need to lean on family and friends to be a source of practical help and emotional support. Let them know what you need and when you need it. Some people may not be skilled in predicting when you need alone time and when you need someone there. Communication is essential.
Exercise is one of the best ways to naturally relieve stress. Join a morning jogging group or intermural sports team. Through physical activity, you can lessen anxiety, reduce depression, and stay healthy. Group exercise is also an excellent way to meet new friends who can help further support you.
In the hustle and bustle of your daily life, it is easy to forget to take a moment to breathe. Add the stress of a divorce on top of an already packed schedule, and you may feel as though all your needs fall by the wayside. Schedule a time specifically for you and only you. Whether that time is spent doing yoga, taking a bubble bath, or reading a book, make it a priority each day.
If you are interested in a low-conflict divorce, contact the mediators at West Coast Family Mediation Center to schedule an initial consultation.
by: Jennifer Segura