Did you know that in England and Wales, 42% of marriages result in divorce? Divorce is one of the most stressful life transitions, and it can really take a toll on your mental and physical health. Many people expect to be with the partner for the rest of their life, so the breakdown of this relationship can lead to feelings of overwhelming anxiety, depression, anger, hopelessness, shame, resent and confusion. Divorce is considered one of life’s five most stressful situations in life amongst death of a loved one, moving, illness/major injury and losing a job.
The overwhelming emotions that occur as a result of a divorce can lead to destructive behaviour such as substance abuse, smoking, unhealthy eating habits and overspending with money they don’t have. It’s important to manage your emotions effectively to protect both your physical and mental health.
Here are some of our tips to help you cope with a divorce.
- Let yourself grieve
Grief is an important part of the healing process, so let yourself feel all of your emotions and don’t push them away. Talk to your family and friends about how you’re feeling, or write down your emotions in a journal – this can be a really helpful outlet.
Maintain or establish a regular exercise routine. Physical activity is great for relieving tension, anger and anxiety, plus it’s an effective way to boost emotional wellbeing and elevate your mood.
- Self care
Do things that you enjoy and will help you feel good. Watch your favourite TV show, read a good book, have a bath – the list goes on.
- Make plans with loved ones
Reach out to your family and friends and plan something fun. It’s easy to isolate yourself when you’re going through a divorce, but it can be detrimental to your mental health.
- Get quality sleep
It can be difficult to get a good nights sleep when you’re stressed, but it’s really important for you to be able to deal with things. Try taking a bath before bed with some calming oils, have a herbal tea and spritz some lavender sleep spray on your pillow. Remember – no screen time the hour before bed!
- Get professional help
A therapist will work with you to help you manage your stress and grief so that you can rebuild a happy life. It’s important to effectively deal with your emotions surrounding divorce before they start to impact your wellbeing.
If you are currently navigating a divorce, get in touch with Dalton Wise and we can support you through this difficult life transition.
Check out last week’s Wellness Wednesday post about how to navigate difficult relationships HERE