Coping with Divorce
Pinnacle Counseling Therapist, Natalie Callen, LMFT was recently invited to collaborate on an expert panel and share some insights on how cope with divorce. Here are her best tips:
1.) Build a support system
Having a secure support network during a time of uncertainty and difficulty can provide a sense of stability and comfort to alleviate feelings such as confusion, depression and self-doubt.
Friends, family, therapy, religious and support groups, can all serve as meaningful sources of comfort.
2.) Make time for self-care
While maintaining strong connections with others is critical, it is also important to be mindful of your own individual wants and needs throughout the process.
A fluctuation in motivation, energy and stress levels is normal; prioritizing health by eating well, getting restful sleep, and exercising can help avoid exacerbating already stressful feelings.
3.) Mourn the loss
People going through a divorce are often frustrated by the seemingly illogical or intermittent expression of our emotions - one day is filled with anger, the next - sadness, the next - apathy.
However, the loss of any meaningful relationship very much mirrors a death, and thus requires its own grieving process.
4.) Create your "new" normal
Actively trying to rediscover parts of yourself that may have been lost or diminished throughout the course of the relationship can be a meaningful way to feel more in touch with your sense of self.
Experimenting with both new and old habits can create a new meaningful experience.
Want more info on best ways to cope? You can read the full article here: How to Cope with Divorce
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