When you got married, you likely did not picture yourself getting divorced. But divorce is common, and it can take a toll on your mental health.
The American Psychological Association states that between 40 to 50% of couples in the U.S. eventually get divorced. If you are one of the many in the middle of a divorce, there are things you can do to make it through this major adjustment in your life.
1. Rely on a support system
During your divorce, you may not be as likely to get together with friends or family, but this can make the divorce process even harder. Use your divorce as an opportunity to draw closer to your loved ones and if needed, talk to a professional about what you are going through.
2. Take care of your health
It is easy to stop taking care of yourself in the midst of your divorce. But you should make your health a priority by eating well, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and minimizing your reliance on alcohol.
3. Explore new interests
View your divorce as a chance to try something new. Whether you decide to change careers or try out a new haircut, use this change in your life as a time to explore new hobbies and interests that make you happy.
Even though your life may not feel normal right now, remember that it eventually will in the future. Divorce can be a tumultuous period emotionally, but you can enhance your recovery by thinking positively, trying new things and looking forward to the future.