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When Going Through a Divorce, Take Care of Your Health!

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When Going Through a Divorce, Take Care of Your Health! by Melissa Burns

{2:18 minutes to read} Going through a separation or divorce can be incredibly stressful. People often find that in the coming days and weeks, they have more time on their hands that perhaps they didn’t before. The time that may have been spent with their spouse or children.

When deciding how to fill this time, don’t forget to take care of you. Surround yourself with people who can support you and in whom you can confide. If you feel that talking to a mental health professional would be of benefit, make an appointment. They are very well equipped to help you deal with your feelings.

In times of stress, alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drug use can find their way into daily life as an escape or a way to cope. Unfortunately, misuse of these things will usually exacerbate the problem and will prevent you from feeling better. These substances can also compromise your overall health and safety, not only during but after the process.

Consider some form of physical relaxation, such as yoga. Get enough sleep and exercise. Eat well. All of these things will help reduce stress, improve your mood, and keep you from turning to habits that are harmful.

Major life changes can be challenging, but coming up with a new routine can also be very liberating. Exploring new interests or ones that you thought about but never had time for, may open up new avenues and introduce new people into your life.

Above all, remember that you are not alone. Asking for help can be difficult, but finding healthy ways to cope with how you are feeling can make your separation or divorce a little less stressful. These healthy habits will also carry over and benefit you as you move forward with your life after the divorce. 

 

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