Divorce is an overwhelming process. In addition to the meetings and appointments, getting a divorce also consumes a lot of your mental and emotional energy.
Initially, it may seem easier to brush off your mental health needs in an effort to focus on getting through your divorce. However, neglecting your needs can lead to additional frustration while trying to negotiate with your ex.
Here are a few tips for caring for yourself during a divorce.
Spotting the signs
The first step in caring for yourself is recognizing that you are overwhelmed and stressed. If you are used to dismissing your needs, it can be extremely challenging to spot the signs that you need to take time for yourself. You should look for signs, such as:
- Shoulder, neck or back pain
- Difficulty making decisions or solving problems
- Changes in sleep patterns (more or less than usual)
- Feeling edgy
- Difficulty remembering
Fighting these symptoms can make it challenging to navigate the divorce process since there are additional decisions and discussions on the path to finding a resolution.
Finding time for yourself
Getting a divorce can feel like an extra job, with tasks and people bombarding you with questions. While it may seem like you do not have time to care for yourself, finding small moments can make a significant difference.
You should look for moments where you can enjoy something on your own. Whether you have 20 minutes or a few hours, it is essential to take time to participate in something that you love and that you get to choose.
When you take time to care for yourself during your divorce, you can return to the negotiations with a sense of renewal.