There is no doubt that dealing with a divorce is stressful; statistically, it is on many lists of major stressors, usually in the top five. Stress can cause a multitude of problems physically, emotionally, and behaviorally. Things like heart disease, digestive problems, insomnia, depression, and even alcohol or drug abuse can be caused by too much stress. That isn’t an exhaustive list; it’s only the tip of the iceberg. With those kinds of consequences, you can see why reducing or eliminating stress is so important. At Wall & Wall Attorneys At Law, we work to make your divorce proceedings as stress-free as possible. In addition to having experienced, knowledgeable attorneys, there are some things that you can do to alleviate some of your stress during the divorce process.
Make Time For Self-Care During Your Divorce
The key to reducing stress is self-care, especially when you are going through a divorce. Ending a relationship is about much more than who gets what, so taking care of yourself is essential. Here are some things you can do to help yourself during this time:
- Focus on your own emotional needs. This may be hard, but the important thing to understand is if you don’t take care of your own emotional needs first, you won’t be able to be there for anyone else. Pay attention to your mood and act accordingly. Sometimes just recognizing what you are feeling can help you deal with it. If you feel like you need to, join a divorce support group. Talking to others who are going through the same thing is often helpful.
- Stay physically fit. It has been proven that exercise works as a stress reliever due to the natural release of endorphins. If you were physically active before your divorce, keep it up, even when you don’t feel like it. If you weren’t physically active, then now might be a good time to start. Being in shape makes you feel better physically and emotionally and can rebuild self-esteem that might be damaged during a divorce.
- Spend time with friends and family. Spending time with supportive people is crucial to reducing stress. Make plans with friends or family members who you feel most comfortable being around. Use them as a sounding board for your feelings, go out for dinner or a night on the town, or just visit and have fun. Whichever you choose, you will feel better afterward.
- Let go of things that are beyond your control. There are some things which you have control over, and some things you don’t. Fretting about things that are out of your control only adds to stress and anxiety. Letting go of things is a choice, and even if you have to make that choice over and over, you will feel relief when you do.
- Move on with your life. This may sound like it’s easier said than done, but you can do it. Do something that you have always wanted to do, but for whatever reason haven’t been able to. Go back to school if that’s been a desire, look for a new career if you have been a stay-at-home parent; the key is to continue to move forward, whatever that looks like for you.
Choosing An Attorney Shouldn’t Add To Your Stress
At Wall & Wall Attorneys At Law, we care about our clients and their cases. While we cannot guarantee a stress-free divorce, we will do everything we can for you and your situation. You can leave the legal stresses to one of our dedicated, experienced attorneys. Contact us today for your free consultation or for more information on our services.