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    Tips To Manage Stress During a Divorce

    Grant J. Gisondo, P.A. > High Pressure  > Tips To Manage Stress During a Divorce

    Tips To Manage Stress During a Divorce

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    Going through a divorce is rarely easy and never without stress. Even when both parties want the divorce and there are no children involved, there will be stress. Stress can come in many ways, including the disagreements as to who gets what, from the delay in the time it takes to complete all the necessary steps to a final decree, to emotional heartbreak, to trying to figure out how life will be when the divorce is over. Most couples had hoped for a “forever after” on their wedding day, and just the realization that their marriage didn’t make it is stressful. So, what are some things you can do to manage stress during a divorce?

    • Keep busy doing both work and play. A mind involved in thinking and a body involved in doing has less time to embrace stress.
    • Create a routine for your waking hours. By following a routine, you will continually have something you need to be doing so you won’t have to stop and think about what comes next, thus allowing stress to creep in. However, make your routine flexible, so if something unexpected comes along, you can deviate from your routine without feeling guilty.
    • Add a new hobby or interest to your life. In other words, try something different, something you have wanted to do but didn’t have the time when you had to consider your spouse’s needs as well as your own.
    • Join an interest group and make new friends. Unfortunately, when going through a divorce, old friends sometimes take sides, and you may find yourself needing new friends.
    • Develop the spiritual part of life through meditation, religious practices, and appreciation of the beauty of nature.
    • Seek a family counselor proficient in counseling those going through a divorce. Having a safe place to share your burdens and learn how to rebuild your life can do a lot to reduce stress.
    • Don’t be ashamed to have a good cry occasionally. Crying can help wash away stress if you don’t cry too long or too often.
    • Take a trip to someplace on your bucket list. Find a friend to go with you or travel alone. Getting away from the scene of the crime where unhappy memories abound gives your stress level a chance to subside.
    • Listen to music that you find relaxing. Be careful, though, not to listen to music that will remind you of your divorce, which will then increase stress.
    • Eat and sleep well. Good nutrition will fortify your physical body, and a good night’s rest will also help. Stress is easily increased when a person is hungry or tired.
    • Read or watch TV that will cheer you up and make you laugh. Laughter is a wonderful remedy for lessening stress.
    • Do something nice for someone less fortunate than yourself. In helping others, we can better appreciate how much we have and are less likely to feel sorry for ourselves. Feeling sorry for oneself is a big stress builder.
    • Let water help soothe your soul. Swimming, bathing, or taking a shower will do wonders for reducing stress. Drinking plenty of water also helps your body reduce stress.
    • Think positive rather than negative thoughts. Remember, your cup can be either half full or half empty.
    • Be good to yourself as you are a special person with gifts to share and love to give. Don’t let others tear you down but choose to be around those who will build you up.

    While stress is a part of going through a divorce, it can be managed by conscientiously working on ways to keep stress down. There is a life after a divorce, and the more you can focus on the good that is in your future, the less stress you will have both before and after the divorce.

    Grant J. Gisondo, P.A.