Even with an amicable divorce, emotions and thoughts can run wild. If you are not careful, your mental health can take several blows along the way.
Mental Health America offers strategies to cope with your situation healthily. Use them to come out the other side of your split with a balanced perspective.
Go easy on yourself
Throughout your split, be kind to yourself. You cannot expect to give your all at work, to your kids, to your friends and family, or to yourself. It is OK to feel out of sync, because divorce rocks people to their core. Know that this feeling shall pass.
Recognize that you may feel several conflicting feelings
Prepare for a roller coaster of emotions during and after your divorce. One day you may feel perfectly fine, only to feel completely drained the very next day. Rather than feel frustrated with your shifting state of mind, take time to sift through your feelings and ask yourself why you may experience a specific emotion.
Provide yourself with a support group
Depending on how long your marriage lasted, you may have grown used to building and sharing a life with another person. Going back to being single and on your own can be a rough adjustment. Make the transition easier by turning to friends and family willing to provide you with emotional support. Talking about your thoughts and feelings can put things into perspective and help you cope with your transition.
Take out time to care for yourself while creating a foundation for life after divorce. You owe it to your future self to build a life of happiness, no matter whether you have a spouse.