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Positive steps for navigating a divorce

| Dec 30, 2020 | Divorce |

A divorce is one of the most stressful life events a person can experience, but for people going through a divorce in Pennsylvania, there are several strategies for staying mentally and emotionally healthy that can help. This is important not just for your overall well-being but also so that you can make the right decisions as you negotiate property division and so that you can be there for your children if you have any.

Talk to others

You should talk to family and friends about your emotions and avoid bottling them up. However, there is a point at which you may need more help than family and friends can provide. A therapist or counselor is always an option. This may be particularly true if you have struggled in the past with mental health since the stress of divorce can exacerbate anger, anxiety, and depression symptoms.

Strengthen your confidence

Going through a divorce can be a blow to your self-confidence. It is important to take some responsibility as is appropriate for your part in the marriage ending, but you should also understand that it is unlikely you have some fundamental flaw that pushed your spouse away, even if there was infidelity in the marriage. It can be helpful to remind yourself of who you are outside of the framework of the marriage and to do things that you enjoy, whether that is some kind of physical exercise, watching movies, traveling, or something else.

Divorce is rarely easy, but it does have an end date, and it can help to focus on that and to understand that time does heal. Planning something enjoyable for after the divorce can give you something to look forward to and can give you strength when times are particularly difficult. In the meantime, keeping communication with others open and focusing on self-care can make a difference.