Sunday, September 13, 2009

Beat stress while going through a divorce.

Take control of the situation. Read these hot tips that may help your keep your anxiety in check.
1. Put things in perspective. Generally a divorce involves dissolution of a marriage, not a death, disability, serious illness or other tragedy. Putting your divorce in perspective will help you keep a level head.

2. Commit to doing something nice for yourself - if not every day, then once a week. Taking care of yourself and your physical and emotional health will help you deal with the difficult decisions and emotional hills and valleys involved in a divorce.

3. Life starts now. So many people believe that their life will not start again until after the divorce is final. However, because divorces can sometimes take months or even years, putting your life on hold is just not practical or healthy. If you make a set of goals for yourself, start on them today. Go back to school, start an exercise program, clean out that closet, learn a new hobby, play a new sport, make a new friend: anything that will give you a sense of accomplishment.

4. Go pound pavement (or sand or a jogging path or simply your sidewalk). Any type of exercise or fresh air can help to put you in a more calming, restorative state, making you stronger for the emotional ups and downs.

Take a deep breath. Relax.

1 comment:

SS said...

Well, as to point #1, I would argue that it is equivalent to a death, and I think many therapists would agree that it can be just as traumatic.

That said, it's important to remember that, just as with death, there's a process. You grieve for what's lost, but it's important then to look forward and move on. It may take awhile for you to find your footing, to create your "new" life, but you can do it.