When you got married, you likely never pictured yourself getting a divorce. But many people in the U.S. end up ending their marriages through divorce every year.
In 2019, 746,971 people annulled or ended their marriages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although divorce is common, it can still take a toll on your mental health, so following certain strategies to cope can help you move forward during this phase in your life.
Give yourself a break
Divorce is a life-changing experience. During this time, do not expect yourself to function at an optimal level. Refrain from taking on new projects, switching careers or making other major life changes that could wear you down.
Going through the divorce process is very emotional, and it is not a process you should try to handle on your own. Rely on trusted family members and friends, and if you need additional support working through your feelings, start seeing a therapist.
Take care of your physical health
Your physical health can impact your emotional health during your divorce. Try to eat a well-balanced diet, reduce stress, get enough sleep and stay physically active. You should also refrain from relying on drugs and alcohol to help you work through your feelings.
Remember that your life may not feel normal as you go through the divorce process. Give yourself time to grieve and cope with the changes that divorce initiates, and keep in mind that eventually, your life will start to normalize again.