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5 steps for coping with a stressful divorce

There’s no doubt that a divorce is going to be stressful. Even if you and your spouse get along, there are major decisions to be made, and you may not always agree with what the other party wants.

In a worst-case scenario, you may find yourself trying to negotiate with a spouse that doesn’t want to. That can be frustrating even at the best of times.

Coping with divorce

There are some things you can do to cope if your divorce is stressing you out. The following five steps can help you feel a little more rested and relaxed, so you can handle what life throws at you.

  1. Get some rest

The first thing to remember is that you still have to get enough rest. Stress may keep you awake at night, but that means you’re less able to handle stressful interactions during the day. Try to get enough sleep to feel well-rested.

  1. Eat right

The next tip is to eat right. When you eat well, you can get better rest and won’t get as worn down. Having energy is a must when you’re dealing with stressful situations.

  1. Spend time doing things you love

To help boost morale, spend time doing the things you love. You don’t have to devote every moment of your life to the divorce or the stress it causes you.

  1. Set up one day a week to handle your divorce documents

It’s smart to set aside one or two days a week to handle calls about your divorce or to pull documents for your attorney. This lets you compartmentalize the divorce as a part of your life without letting it overrun it.

  1. Get support from your attorney

Finally, get support from your attorney when you need help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or don’t know which steps to take next, they can walk you through the case and what you should expect in the future. Their job is to support you, so let them help when you need it.

These are five steps to help you cope with your divorce. Get enough rest, eat well, spend time doing what you enjoy, compartmentalize and get support when you need it. You’ll get through it if you do.

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