There is no doubt that divorce can be stressful and emotionally overwhelming. If you are not able to properly handle the stress and negative emotions associated with divorce, it can cause a variety of health issues. Too much stress can result in alcohol or drug abuse, depression, insomnia, digestive problems, and even heart disease.
The key to reducing stress is taking care of yourself, especially when you’re in the middle of a hotly contested divorce. Ending a marriage is about much more than who gets what, so self-care is essential to begin a fresh, new chapter in life.
The following are three ways to reduce stress from divorce:
- Pay attention to your emotional needs. Whether you lean on the support system of friends and family or schedule visits to see a therapist, discussing your emotions and frustrations can go a long way when you are feeling overwhelmed with the process of divorce. Talking to other who are going through the same thing, or those who have experienced divorce before is often helpful.
- Keep yourself physically fit. Exercise works as a natural stress reliever due to the release of endorphins, which helps relieve tension, anger, and anxiety. If you were physically active prior to the divorce, keep it up and don’t make excuses to miss a good workout. If you were not physically active, then it is time to start.
- Let go of the things you can’t control. There are some things that you have control over, and some things you do not. Worrying about the things that are beyond your control only increases your stress and anxiety. Letting go is a choice, and even if you must make that choice over and over again, you will be relieved when it finally doesn’t bother you any longer.