When dealing with such a major change in life as divorce, it can sometimes be hard transitioning into life after in a healthy and realistic manner.
How does a divorce impact your mental health?
Typically, individuals who transition into a divorce period deal with several psychological and mental issues including depression, rage, low life satisfaction, higher stress, less life satisfaction, and overall increase in mortality risk.
What are some common misconceptions about divorced people?
Some misconceptions surrounding being divorced include:
· Only women are able to receive spousal support
· You don’t need a lawyer throughout the divorce process
· You are guaranteed some sort of financial relief or support
· The divorce process is messy and or “nasty”
What are some common mental health issues that divorced people face?
Some mental health issues that divorced people face include:
· Substance abuse
What are some self-help tips for divorced people?
While sometimes it may seem as you are healing the process can be tedious and tough, you will get through it and you will survive. Some self-help tips to aid in the process are as follows:
1. Take care of your body
This involves eating properly, getting regular exercise, and getting adequate rest and sleep.
2. Get moving and active
This can be any fun activity you enjoy, do it outdoors, in the sun. Step out of your comfort zone!
3. Create a daily routine
Maintaining a schedule of some sort is crucial to the healing and recovery process. Having duties or a schedule mapped out can create normalcy and balance in your life again whereas having too much “free time” can leave room for your mind and thoughts to wander.
4. Allow yourself to feel your emotions
While it may seem hard, give yourself those moments in the day to feel those emotions whether they are happy, sad, mad in order to work through the feelings you may be facing.
If you find yourself struggling with your mental health because of a breakup or divorce, schedule an appointment with us today to see how we can assist you.