How to Manage Divorce Stress

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Going through a divorce may be one of the most trying times in your life. Coping may seem impossible some days, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You can use the following tips and suggestions to help deal with the stressors that you may endure while going through the divorce process.

  1.     Take care of yourself.

Stress compromises the immune system. When you are exposed to extreme stress for an extended period of time, you increase your risk of developing illnesses and even long-term health conditions (think high blood pressure or emotional disorders). Be sure to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally during this difficult time.

You may want to try finding a support group or, at least, a trusted friend or family member that you can confide in. Keep in mind that you are not alone, and many people are going through similar experiences. Sharing those experiences and feelings with others can help your emotional well-being.

  1.     Stay physically active.

Another way to stay healthy and manage your stress is to stay physically active. Exercise and movement, in general, has been shown to decrease stress levels significantly. Staying active will also prevent you from trapping yourself inside your house, which can lead to health problems and depression.

  1.     Avoid dwelling on things that are beyond your control.

Feelings of losing control are common in the divorce process. Getting past painful or uncomfortable situations can help you function better during and after your divorce. Accept that you will not be able to deal with every situation and expend your efforts on the things that you can influence instead.

  1.     Do not make rash decisions.

During and after a divorce, you may feel the urge to make split-second decisions or act on impulse. Ignore these urges if possible. Be sure to think through every action you take and determine how it will affect you in the long run. Acting out on anger or sadness is rarely a good idea. It is not good for your emotional health or your legal case.

  1.     Distract yourself.

Starting a new hobby or activity can be a welcome distraction during a divorce. Joining a local sports team, gym, or getting involved in community events can all be helpful and healthy distractions. Consider something you have always wanted to do, and go for it—whether that is travel, taking a cooking class, or simply relaxing with a good book in the bath. Taking some time to yourself can do wonders for your stress levels.

The Carroll Law Office understands that your divorce may be one of the most stressful times of your life, and we can help ease some of those stresses by taking care of your legal case for you. Our team handles both California divorces and annulments. Contact us today to get more information.

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