Getting a divorce can take a toll on your mental health. With all the life changes you experience as a result of divorce, you may feel sad, anxious and angry but also relieved and optimistic about what lies ahead.
Divorce is a common experience for many and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2021 in the U.S., 689,308 couples in the U.S. either got divorced or annulled their marriages. If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, the following tips can help you protect your mental health at this time.
Recognize your emotions
Before, during and after you finalize your divorce, you may experience a wide range of emotions. Instead of trying to suppress these feelings, give yourself permission to feel them. You may also want to talk to a mental health counselor or therapist for help working through them.
Take care of your physical health
Your mental health can affect your physical health and vice versa. For this reason, take steps to care for your physical health during your divorce. Try and exercise each day, get enough sleep, eat a well-balanced diet and limit your reliance on alcohol.
Explore your interests
Divorce can mark the beginning of a new phase in your life. Use your divorce as an opportunity to reconnect with hobbies and activities that interest you and bring you joy.
It can take time to feel like you have recovered emotionally from the effects of the divorce process. Go easy on yourself during your divorce and remember that complete healing will not happen overnight.