Any major life event, good or bad, can be incredibly stressful. Your divorce will be no different. I know that at this time, you have a million things to worry about and take care of. But one thing that you should not neglect at this time is yourself! Staying healthy and happy throughout your divorce will help you handle this major change in your life. Consider adding these things to your routine to make sure that your health remains a priority through this stressful time.
Find Healthy Outlets For Your Stress and Pain
Undoubtedly, you are experiencing a range of emotions and difficulties at this time. Throughout your divorce and after, it will help to find healthy outlets for your emotions. Consider both physical and emotional outlets that will help you get through this.
Adding or maintaining an exercise regimen at this time can be extremely helpful. Exercise boosts your immune system, releases endorphins, and can improve your overall health and well-being. Seeing positive improvements in your physical health can also improve your confidence.
If you are interested in starting an exercise routine, find something that works for you. If you hate lifting weights, consider taking up running. If you don’t like to run, try biking. There are so many ways to get some quality exercise in. You can join a gym, join a sport pickup league, or take up a hobby such as hiking, swimming, or power-walking.
In addition to physical exercise, a new hobby can improve your well-being. Finding a creative outlet can be extremely satisfying and help you deal with stress. This can be a great opportunity to rekindle an old passion or learn something new.
Think outside of the box. What is something that you’ve always wanted to try, but never had a chance to? Do you want to learn how to play the guitar? A foreign language? How to cook? These creative outlets won’t necessarily relate to your divorce, but they can still be cathartic. You can also look into something like writing, songwriting, or making short films. These might help you work through some of your emotions when it comes to divorce.
Exercise is just one part of establishing a healthy lifestyle. There are other things that you can do to fight stress levels and stay healthy. One oftentimes overlooked aspect of a healthy lifestyle is proper hydration. Making sure that you drink enough water will be essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through divorce. This might seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference in how you feel from day-to-day.
Another great way to stay healthy is by making sure that you get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is serious, and it is something that many Americans face. If you work a full time job and you are going through a divorce, you will have to spend many hours focusing on both work and your divorce. Getting enough sleep will keep you from becoming burnt out during your divorce.
Finally, making sure that you are eating right will keep you feeling healthy and energized. If your spouse was the one who cooked, now is a great time to learn how to make healthy meals for yourself. You can also share healthy meals with family and friends so that you can spend quality times with loved ones.
Proper exercise, sleep, hydration, and diet will help you through this difficult time. Staying away from junk food and unhealthy habits such as staying up late will help you move forward with your life.
What Can You Control?
When you are going through a divorce, you might feel like you can’t control what is happening in your life. You have no say in how your spouse chooses to go about the divorce. If your divorce goes to court, you won’t have control over the decisions that a judge makes.
Instead of focusing on how helpless you feel in this situation, focus on the things in your life that you can control. Make conscious choices about what you do and do not want to do in your personal life. Take the initiative to learn something new, try something you’ve never done before, or spend time with the people in your life who mean the most to you.
These are a few ways that you can reduce your stress throughout your divorce and after it is finalized. Making sure that you have the time to focus on yourself at this time is important. I can take the legal burdens related to divorce off of you. Contact my office to learn more!