Divorce is hard, and even the most amicable couples struggle with separating their shared lives, dividing their assets, negotiating child custody and everything else that comes with divorce.
Emotionally, divorce is one of the most challenging times in a person’s life. Not only are people grieving the loss of the life they had, but also it can have an impact on their self-esteem. It is difficult to know who you are after divorce because you have been one-half of a couple for so long.
While this is undoubtedly a difficult time, there are things you can do to support yourself during this time. If you are beginning the divorce process or in the midst of it, there are resources available to support your emotional well-being and show you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Among the many things you can do to help yourself are:
1. Creating a solid support system of family and friends
2. Contacting a psychologist or therapist that specializes in divorce
3. Joining a support group dedicated to people going through a divorce
4. Writing down your feelings and talking about them
5. Writing down things you are grateful for every day
The legal process of divorce is complicated enough. Most people forget to consider the emotional toll that divorce has on people, no matter how friendly they are with their soon-to-be former spouse. It can be traumatizing, but you do not have to go through it alone.
Many resources are available to help you go through this challenging time in your life. If you do not know who to contact, ask your attorney if they have recommendations for therapists or mental health professionals. In addition, ask your friends and family to support you in the ways you need.