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Wheaton divorce lawyersRegardless of the circumstances, getting a divorce can have a dramatic impact on your mental wellbeing. Divorce can bring on feelings of failure, despair, and anxiety about the future. Some people end up developing unhealthy coping mechanisms in order to deal with the torrent of emotion following the end of a marriage. Although going through a divorce can be extremely stressful, it is not only possible to get through the rough times most people end up much happier and healthier than they were before the divorce. Mental health experts encourage anyone going through a stressful divorce to avoid these common mistakes.

Mistake 1: Being Too Hard on Yourself

If you are an overachiever, have children to care for, or have a demanding career, you may not take time for yourself very often. Mental health specialists encourage those ending a marriage to give themselves a break. Do not expect yourself to be able to function at 100 percent when you are dealing with the emotional and financial burden of a divorce. Just as your body needs rest after a physical injury, your mind needs time to heal after an emotionally-trying time too.

Mistake 2: Isolating Yourself

Many people feel a great deal of shame and sadness when they end a marriage. They may also worry that people will judge them or be disappointed in them. This can lead people to turn inward and stop spending time with family and friends. However, isolating yourself in this way can make the pain of divorce even worse. The American Psychological Association encourages those getting divorced to find a strong social network and consider joining a divorce support group in order to cope with the difficulties of divorce.

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Wheaton divorce lawyersGetting a divorce can be one of the most stressful life events a person may experience. Not only does a person getting divorced have to deal with the financial and legal implications of ending their marriage, they also must deal with the emotional and mental implications. If you are considering getting divorced or have already decided to end your marriage, you may feel totally overwhelmed and lost. These types of feelings, while distressing, are completely normal. Fortunately, there are many things which mental health experts say can help ease the pain of divorce.

Take Care of Your Health First and Foremost

A lot of people take care of everyone else around them before taking care of themselves. While this type of generosity is often seen as a good thing, being too generous with your time and emotional energy can result in burnout. While going through a divorce, it is advised that you be a little more selfish than you normally would be. Take time to relax and unwind in the ways that are meaningful to you. Medical professionals also encourage anyone going through a stressful life event to make sure they are staying hydrated, eating healthy foods, getting at least some exercise, and sleeping at least 7-8 hours a night.

Do Not Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you are an especially independent or private person, it can be challenging to reach out to others for help during a demanding time in life. However, experts say that reaching out to others during a break-up or divorce is one of the best things you can do for your mental wellbeing. Even if you do not feel like divulging all of the details of the divorce to others, simply spending time with friends and family can help you gain a sense of normality and calm. Some people find that a divorce support group or spiritual organization can be a great help as well.

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