Every year we learn more and more about how our mental wellbeing is vital to our long-term health and happiness.
Back in the ‘30s and ‘40s, no one paid much attention to mental health issues, let alone the impact of how stress played out in our lives, including our children’s.
But in today’s society, we have learned that the stress level of divorce is similar to the death of an immediate family member, and at times the stress can be crushing.
With that level of emotional distress, the collaborative divorce process aligns well with helping families deal with the emotional toll divorce brings. Everyone in your family can be provided with a mental health professional versed in how divorces emotionally impact families.
Our mental health professionals often share how clients can best care for themselves during the divorce proceedings. Here are examples of things you can do for yourself right now:
- Give yourself some grace and be kind to yourself – remember you matter!
- Journaling about your thoughts and feelings – it doesn’t have to make grammatical sense
- Exercise and nourish your body regularly
- Self-care – it doesn’t have to be Facebook worthy, costly or take a lot of time – deep breathing can be very emotionally grounding
- Share your feelings with a mental health expert, don’t keep them inside
While these things are important to incorporate during your divorce, it is also essential to share your feelings of distress with a mental health expert.
If you are experiencing signs of distress, reach out to a mental health expert today! Or find a mental health hotline or support group to share your concerns.
A Better DivorceTM is an interdisciplinary group of professionals committed to non-court, non-confrontational solutions for family law matters.
Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax/or mental health advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, mental health or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.