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Divorce stress and coping skills

Is the stress of your divorce getting to you? There are several things you can do to help you cope during this time.

  • Get plenty of rest. At least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
  • Eat a well balanced diet.
  • Learn to pamper yourself. Taking care of yourself will give you more motivation to take care of others.
  • Exercise. Make time to get active. It will boost your mood, energize you and use up all those stress hormones!
  • Surround yourself with positive, happy people.
  • Smile even if you don't feel like smiling. 
  • Seek counseling with a mental health counselor.
  • Join a local support group in your city or church.
  • Prioritize tasks. When you are feeling low, focus on the jobs that need to get done first.
  • Change your routine, even if it is just taking a different route to work.

There are a lot of emotions tied to divorce. It can be scary to be single and this is a time of changed financial, living, and social circumstances. Allow yourself time to grieve, life will eventually return to some sort of normal. 

Things to Avoid

  • drugs
  • alcohol
  • gambling
  • promiscuous sex 
  • new relationships to deal with loneliness
  • stalking your ex
  • getting revenge on your ex
  • making large decisions without thinking them through
  • criticizing the each other party in front of the kids
  • forcing the kids to take sides

Things to Focus On

  • Your kids
  • Your job
  • Your health and wellbeing
  • Your happiness