Managing Your Stress During Your Divorce
Key Points
  • There are healthy ways to manage stress during your divorce. Exercise, eating healthy and getting enough sleep is a great start.
  • Do not add activities that add to your stress level. If you do not have time to go to the gym or your money is limited, do not add another bill. Sometimes just taking time for yourself, walking around the block, taking a deep breath, lighting candles, all help bring down your stress level. .

Since you are facing divorce and/or separation you probably have become very familiar with stress. How you deal with the stress is not only important to your health, but also affects your child's well being. As will be reinforced over and over, your child is a product of his or her environment, and it is that environment you must control in order to spare your child from the harm that can be caused by divorce and/or separation.

Fixing or changing the stressful situation can be a viable solution to decreasing stress, but if what is causing the stress can not be changed, or changed easily, this type of solution may only increase it. Often times, one parent will attempt to change the other parent, rather than accepting him or her for who he or she really is. This is a common mistake that causes relationship stress which can lead to an unhealthy divorce and/or separation. It is recommended that you analyze what is causing the stress and decide if working on your own feelings is not an alternative solution. Do you think you can change? If you can continue to accept things, especially people for who they are, you and your child will most likely be healthier and happier.

Strategies and Tactics to Reduce Stress:

  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Maintain consistent sleeping habits.
  • Maintain a consistent, healthy diet.
  • Analyze problems and avoid spontaneous reactions.
  • Create fun activities with your child.
  • Keep a sense of humor at all times.
  • Take time to relax each day.
  • Talk things through with friends and/or relatives.

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