Very few people progress through a divorce without feeling some negative emotions. Even amicable splits involve hurt feelings, anger, and resentment, which makes it more difficult to move forward in a positive way.
While you cannot remove all stress and frustration from the process, you can take steps to make the process less complicated. Here are a few ways you can make divorce a little less stressful for you and your family.
Take care of your health
While diet and exercise are probably the last things on your mind when going through divorce, maintaining health and wellness can benefit you in a number of ways. Moderate daily exercise and a diet complete with essential minerals and nutrients boosts mood and provides the energy you need to go about your day. You should also avoid overconsumption of alcohol, as it can cloud your judgment and worsen depression.
Establish a support system
Divorce is the perfect time to re-connect with friends and family. These people will make up your social support system when you need to vent or want to take your mind off things. Your support system can also lend assistance when you are feeling lonely or isolated, both of which are extremely common feelings after divorce.
Focus on your kids
While divorce is difficult for adults, it is even harder for children to deal with. Accordingly, make sure you are in tune with the needs of your kids and how the process is affecting them emotionally. Do not put them in the middle of arguments occurring between you and your ex. And try to shield them from conflict as much as possible by remaining polite and civil to your ex when your children are present.
Finally, keep in mind that some people require a little more assistance when bad feelings develop into depression or anxiety. Visiting a counselor or therapist can help you sort through your emotions and develop healthy coping mechanisms to get you through hard times.