Going through a divorce is often a difficult and stressful time. It is important to prioritize the protection of your emotional health during this process for the sake of your overall well-being. This is a critical step to move forward effectively.
Why is this so important?
Mental health matters
No matter what circumstances have led to your current situation, divorce can be a time of great emotional and financial difficulty. Giving yourself the emotional space necessary to process your emotions about the divorce and, perhaps, any events outside of your control that may have led to the end of your marriage, are positive steps you can take to prioritize your emotional health before, during, and after your divorce.
How do you create this safe emotional space to process your emotions?
Experts recommend starting with a divorce support system.
Creating your divorce support system
It is helpful to have a support system in place to help you through this emotionally charged and difficult time. Steps you can take to create your divorce support system include:
- Start with the obvious: You are creating your divorce support system, right? So, start by looking for a divorce support group where you can surround yourself with others going through the same process you are. Being around like-minded people offers you the ability to talk through your feelings and help others when they need a listening and compassionate ear.
- Talk to a therapist: It may be helpful to seek individual therapy with a certified therapist or counselor for a safe place to acknowledge your emotions.
- Talk to your doctor: Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any feelings of depression or anxiety.
- Talk to your friends: Don’t bottle up your feelings. Talk to your best friends and trusted family members when you feel overwhelmed. Sharing your feelings can help you process what you are feeling and allow you to get to a happier mental space.
Remember that it’s normal to experience a wide range of emotions while going through your divorce. Be gentle with yourself.