He grief that comes with divorce is inevitable. Even if the marriage was destructive, leaving behind what’s familiar and venturing into the unknown can be frightening. Divorce can bring about both emotional and physical distresses. Here are some tips to help you deal with them.
REACH OUT TO OTHER PEOPLE
Friends, relatives, therapists and support groups can offer a great deal of support and understanding. Don’t cut yourself off from the people that care about you.
RECOGNIZE YOUR FEELINGS, GOOD AND BAD
Loneliness, frustration and fear are all a normal part of the coping process. Find constructive outlets for these feelings.
TRY NEW ACTIVITIES
Try something you’ve always wanted to do, such as learning how to scuba dive or oil paint. New activities take a lot of concentration and will take your mind off your problems. Through new hobbies you may also meet new people and make new friends. New friends who didn’t know you when you were married can give you a fresh perspective.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY
Exercise regularly and eat nutritious, well-balanced meals.
Avoid drinking, eating or smoking in excess, which will only add to your problems.
Enjoy long, hot showers or baths and take long walks to clear your thoughts and help you relax.
- EXERCISE VIGOROUSLY
- JOIN A SUPPORT GROUP OR CLUB
- DON’T BE AFRAID TO YELL, SCREAM, OR CRY IF NEEDED
- PUT YOUR FEELINGS DOWN ON PAPER