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The importance of self-care during and after divorce

Divorce is undoubtedly one of life’s most challenging experiences. It can bring about emotional turmoil, uncertainty and an overwhelming sense of loss.

In the midst of this transition, people often forget to take care of themselves physically and emotionally, which is critically important for people going through such a difficult time.

Your mental health

One of the most important things a person should do is create the time and space to process their emotions. You may feel grief, anger, resentment, despair, fear and loneliness.

It is crucial to find someone to talk to. Whether that is a trusted friend, family member or a professional, you need the support to process these difficult emotions and move forward.

Asking for help

Many adults find it difficult to ask for help. In many cases, the couple going through a divorce had a routine in which they relied on each other and did not need much help from others.

Now that each of you is on your own, you will both need other people to help you get back on your feet and create a new routine for yourself and your families.

Your physical health

Your body needs nourishment and attention at all times, but during a divorce, when tensions run high, it is especially important to remember that what you are going through has an impact on your physical health.

Caring for your body and ensuring you are healthy, eating and sleeping well and getting some exercise can make you feel better. Most importantly, however, doing things that support your physical health can help mitigate the stress that comes with divorce.

Building a support network

It is important for everyone to have people they can lean on. After all, we are social animals who are interdependent and need others to survive. During difficult times, it becomes even more important to have people in your corner who will be there for you when you need them.

Divorce is emotionally draining, but investing in yourself through self-care is vital for healing and moving forward.

Prioritizing your well-being by ensuring that you are nourishing your mind and body is key to keeping yourself healthy. Self-care is not selfish; it is a fundamental act of self-love that allows you to rebuild your life after divorce.