Caring for Your Mental Health During Divorce

Even in the best of circumstances, divorce is mentally and emotionally challenging.  Divorce affects everyone differently and one of the most important things you can do is take care of your mental health throughout the entire divorce process.  But, we know that for many people, taking care of your mental health is easier said than done.  Divorce brings up feelings of loss, grief, sadness, defeat, insecurity, fear, and more.  One of the best ways to reduce those feelings and mitigate the feeling that you are going to “battle” with your spouse is to work with a divorce mediator.

Divorce mediation is an excellent way to reduce mental and emotional strain during a divorce.  Though sitting down and having a calm and respectful conversation with your spouse may not sound appealing, when you work with a mediator, respect and fairness will always be prioritized.  Unlike attorneys, mediators are experienced in both law and psychology, making them more equipped to help you navigate difficult and emotional conversations and decisions so that you can more peacefully obtain the divorce you want.

Your mental health should be your top priority and that is why it is important to talk to someone (a friend, a family member, a therapist, etc.) about what you are experiencing and feeling during divorce.  Additionally, now is the time to get involved in a favorite or brand new hobby or activity.  Putting energy into a new chapter of your life is an excellent way to keep your mind focused on positive experiences that encourage joy and growth.  For additional and more specific self-care tips, speak to your divorce mediator about your unique circumstances and feelings so that you can find ways to support your mental health during divorce.

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