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Divorce and Mental Health: Ways for Overcoming Divorce Anxiety

Posted by Crissy Del Percio | Dec 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Divorce can be an emotional upheaval and life-altering event, often accompanied by anxiety. While this anxiety is normal during such a trying time, proactive steps must be taken to reduce its severity. Here are some strategies that may help people manage divorce anxiety more successfully and reduce it further.

 
  1. Seek professional support
    Professional counseling services can be an invaluable source for expressing feelings and gaining clarity on situations, as well as helping individuals develop coping mechanisms, identify the root causes for anxiety, and manage the emotional rollercoaster of divorce.
  2. Develop a support structure
    An emotionally supportive network, consisting of family and friends, is crucial during a divorce. Sharing thoughts and emotions opens up avenues for emotional relief and makes you feel less isolated. The right support system can combat anxiety and decrease feelings of isolation.
  3. Prioritize self-care
    Self-care can often get lost in legal proceedings and emotional turmoil, making it easy to forget to prioritize it during divorce proceedings. Making time for yourself through exercise, meditation, hobbies or relaxation sessions will help maintain mental and emotional equilibrium during this arduous process.
  4. Keep expectations real
    As part of managing anxiety during the divorce process, it's essential to set realistic expectations about it. Reminding yourself that divorce is not a straight path but instead an unpredictable journey can reduce stress by accepting that challenges may arise but they will be manageable in the end and can ease anxiety significantly.
  5. Stay informed of the legal process
    Knowledge is power when it comes to divorce proceedings. Understanding the legal process, timeline, and possible outcomes can help reduce anxiety and give a sense of control. Speaking to an experienced family law attorney who knows all aspects of family law matters will provide clarity as well as reduce anxiety levels.
  6. Establish open communication
    An effective divorce requires open and honest communication between both spouses, setting realistic communication expectations and boundaries that will reduce stress levels and engaging in peaceful dialogue that promotes peaceful resolutions of issues.
  7. Future focus
    Divorce signifies both the end and beginning of another chapter, so shifting your attention from past events or any present uncertainties to setting goals and visualizing a positive post-divorce existence may help instill hope and reduce anxiety.
  8. Consider professional mediation services
    Professional mediation can be an ideal option for couples interested in seeking an amicable divorce. Mediators facilitate communication and help find mutually acceptable solutions, thus decreasing tension and anxiety levels during this difficult process.
  9. Develop healthy coping mechanisms
    When it comes to managing anxiety, finding healthy coping methods is of utmost importance. Individuals can turn to art, mindfulness, or journaling as outlets for their stress relief. This will also help preserve emotional resilience during the divorce process.
  10. Knowing when to seek legal advice
    Some divorces can be handled amicably, while others can involve complex legal matters that necessitate professional guidance and advice from an experienced family law attorney. They provide insight and support that enables individuals to be well-informed of the legalities surrounding a divorce process and help people be confident in making informed decisions throughout it.
 

Divorce anxiety is a natural reaction to such a major life change, but proactive steps can be taken to alleviate stress and promote emotional well-being. Seeking professional assistance, building up an extensive support system, and prioritizing self-care practices are all effective strategies that can help individuals navigate through this transition more resolutely and emerge with newfound strength and stability after divorce. To hire a divorce lawyer here in Kansas City, contact Drama Free Divorce through (816) 615-5555

About the Author

Crissy Del Percio

Crissy Del Percio is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Additionally, she received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism (News and Information) and Communication Studies from the world-renowned home of the Jayhawks – the University of Kansas. She has been practicing law for a decade and spent the first part of her career specializing in helping low-income survivors of domestic violence. Now at Drama-Free Divorce, Crissy enjoys helping people consciously uncouple. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem and domestic mediator. Crissy has won a number of prestigious awards for her work in public service, but you likely recognize her from her acting career, where she is also an award-winner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her egregiously overpriced dog, Augustus Rodham and knitting. 

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