Going through a separation and divorce is often accompanied by a variety of emotions, which can increase stress. Learning how to “let go” and manage this undesired stress can seem challenging, but, with some minor adjustments to your routines, you can make dealing with the divorce proceedings a little easier.
- Rely upon your Las Vegas divorce lawyer for advice. It can be tempting to make hasty decisions just to get the divorce done and over with. Take the time to listen to your lawyer and weigh the potential outcome of each decision you make to ensure they are in your best interests.
- Start exercising on a daily basis. Exercise helps alleviate stress and is good for you. Feel free to join a gym to meet new friends.
- Do not ignore your emotional needs. There are divorce support groups and therapists who specialize in talk therapy. Sometimes just having someone to listen to you while you talk about what is bothering you can help reduce the anxiety and stress associated with divorce.
- Allow yourself to grieve. Getting a divorce, when you thought everything was fine or are still in love, can result in grief because you are losing a loved one. Grieving is the first step to learning how to carry on without that person.
- Avoid blaming yourself for things out of your control. You cannot change the past, and wasting time thinking about what you could have done differently only contributes to creating more stress. Take the time to acknowledge what went wrong, learn from it, and move on.
- Forgive yourself and move on. If you contributed to the breakdown in the marriage, take time to forgive yourself, as well as your spouse. Forgiveness allows you to let go of the issues that led to the divorce and start focusing on your new life.
- Do things you enjoy. It is okay to take time out and do something you like, such as reading a book, taking a hot bath, or starting up an old hobby you liked before you got married.
- Create new friendships and rediscover old ones. Often, married couples have the same friends, which can create stress if they are not supportive or want to remain impartial during the divorce. Starting new friendships or rebuilding old ones allows you to develop a new set of friends with whom you can vent, socialize, and have fun.
- Go back to school and get a job. If you have been out of the workforce for a while, brush up on your skills by going back to school and finding a job. It is rewarding and satisfying to earn your own income and realize you can support yourself.
Addressing stress created by a divorce and learning how to alleviate it will allow you to become a stronger person. For assistance with your separation and divorce, or other family law matters, contact McFarling Law Group today at 702-565-4335.