Divorce is one of the most stressful, emotionally draining events you can experience. Not only are you mourning the loss of your family as it was before the decision to divorce was final, but you’re also mourning the loss of a life partner, worried about your finances, and where you and the kids will live. For many women, it can feel like an elephant is sitting on their chest throughout their entire divorce. As Madison divorce attorney’s we at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. have had many clients like yourself. The stress, the tears, the panic, and the anger are all normal, but they can make the responsibilities of everyday life seem impossible. Which is why we choose to write the Women’s Guide to a Less Stressful Divorce.
Keep reading for tips on how to manage your stress levels during your divorce.
1. Let It All Out
This first step on your path to a less stressful divorce is letting yourself fully feel your emotions. As parents, we often lose ourselves in the responsibility of raising our kids that we forget to take the time we need for ourselves. As wives, you may have forced yourself to be strong for your partner. Now it is your turn to take this time for yourself. If you are able, take a day off work to have a pity party. Listen to those sad songs, watch that tearjerker, and write an angry letter you’ll never send. Give yourself the time and space you need to fully understand your feelings so you can move on from them and heal yourself.
2. Get Moving
It has been scientifically proven that regular exercise helps reduce stress in addition to reducing fatigue, improving alertness and increasing cognitive function. If you’re a mom with school-aged children, you might feel so exhausted after getting the kids through homework, dinner and bedtime you can barely get the things you want to do after work finished. Fight stress and fatigue during your divorce by joining a gym or a local community fitness class.
3. Spend Time With Your Friends
Sometimes we need to just step away from what is going on in our lives and have some fun. De-stress yourself during your divorce by scheduling time to spend with your friends. A warm hug from a friend can do wonders for the anxious mind.
4. Meet with a Therapist, Family Counselor, or Life Coach
There are times during our lives when we need help, and there is no shame in seeking the counsel of a therapist. Having a neutral third-party available to listen to your situation is invaluable. While the company of friends is great, sometimes the advice they give is not. Weekly or bi-weekly scheduled meetings with a therapist can be of great help during this emotionally stressful time.
5. Hire a Compassionate Madison Divorce Attorney
Some divorce lawyers will drag your divorce case on as long as they can just to get more money from you. Before selecting your divorce attorney, we at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. recommend interviewing at least three attorneys to make sure you find one you are comfortable with your choice.
If you would like to speak with us about your case, feel free to contact our firm!