You may not have pictured yourself ever getting a divorce. But ending a marriage is a common experience for many people.
The American Psychological Association states that in the U.S., approximately 40 to 50% of all married couples eventually get divorced. If you are about to embark on the divorce process, taking steps to take care of yourself can help you cope and move forward.
1. Set aside time for what you love
Legal proceedings during the divorce process will likely take up a large portion of your time, so it is important to still find opportunities to do things you enjoy doing. Find a new hobby or activity, or spend time reinvesting in things you already enjoy.
2. Seek support
Getting divorced can be a highly emotional process as you debate issues like child custody, spousal support and property division. If you find yourself struggling, you may want to talk to a counselor or therapist trained to help people navigate difficult life transitions, like divorce.
3. Accept help
Your friends and family members may be eager to help you during your divorce, especially if you have children. Accept the help when possible and let go of the belief that you have to handle everything yourself.
You should also take care of yourself physically as well as emotionally during the divorce process. Consume a diet of nutritious foods, try to get enough sleep, find ways stay physically active and avoid relying on alcohol or other substances to help yourself cope.