Day-to-day activities and obligations do not stop during the dissolution of a marriage and juggling everyday life can be extremely stressful.  However, we are here to help you along the way.  Although you cannot completely avoid stress during your divorce, things will be a little easier if you leave the worry of the legal aspects of your divorce to us and follow these four simple steps when you feel stress coming on:

  1. REST: While it can be difficult to take a step back and shut down your brain, it is important to get at least eight hours of sleep each night so that you can recharge and wake up refreshed and better able to handle the day.
  2. MOVE: There is a lot of built-up stress energy that needs to be released.  Exercise is not only good for your body and self-esteem, but also for your brain. So go for walk, a jog, play with the kids, or any activity that gets the blood flowing!
  3. EAT RIGHT: Make healthy choices when deciding what to eat and drink.  Meals high in carbohydrates and sugars can cause you to feel sluggish.  Alcohol is a depressant so if you are already feeling run-down, try to avoid it.  While you may need your daily caffeine “pick-me-up,” too much can leave you feeling edgy and dehydrated.  You don’t have to give things up, just eat and drink as healthy as possible.  Moderation is key!
  4. SLOW DOWN: You may feel the need to accomplish everything as usual, but during divorce, there are aspects that were not there before.  Try setting daily goals and take things one day at a time.  Accept that you may just not be physically able to get it all done, and that’s OK!

Just talking to someone can be a wonderful stress reliever.  Talk to a family member, a friend, or someone at church.  Sometimes a counselor or therapist with experience helping people through divorce might be useful for you.  If you need assistance with finding a professional, please let us know and we will be glad to help.