Getting a divorce can change your life in nearly every way. And you may find that during this period of your life, it is difficult to cope emotionally.
It is normal to feel sad and depressed during the divorce process, and you may become one of the 4.7% of adults in the U.S. who struggle with feelings of depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although you should not try to ignore your feelings, there are steps you can take to help with the emotional healing process.
Talk to someone
You may experience many different emotions during the divorce process, ranging from grief and sadness to anger and frustration. Consider talking to a therapist or a counselor about what you are going through and your emotions.
Rely on healthy coping methods
Learn healthy and effective ways to regulate your emotions as you work through divorce-related issues. Some examples include asking for help when you feel overwhelmed, meditating or exercising, writing down what you are feeling and establishing boundaries with the people in your life.
Give yourself time
During your divorce, you may not be able to accomplish as much as you normally would. Give yourself permission to function at a less productive level and give yourself plenty of time to regroup.
Healing emotionally from the divorce process is not something that will happen overnight. Remember that moving forward will take time and by taking care of yourself emotionally, you will be more likely to feel better sooner.