How to Emotionally Survive a Divorce

Divorce is often one of the most difficult experiences that a person can go through. It is considered one of the major stressors in life someone can experience along with death of a loved one, serious illness or injury, loss of la job and a big move. In many cases, it requires you to leave your family home, lose contact with couple friends, adjusting your lifestyle and miss out on time with your children. It almost always involves losing someone that you once loved, as well as the hope for the future you had imagined having together and as a family.

Normalizing how you might feel during this process and getting support during the journey in the form of friends, support groups and therapy or counseling with a professional that is experienced in working with this population can make a huge difference.

Despite how hard divorce can be emotionally, it is often a necessary change that can bring more peace in the long run. There are steps you can take to protect your mental and emotional health during this transition of your life. You may want to try:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Playing a new sport
  • Trying a new hobby
  • Volunteering in your community
  • Journaling
  • Meditating
  • Exercising
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Treating yourself to a massage
  • Attending support group meetings

Divorce often causes people to feel anxious and depressed, so if you’re having a hard time coping, remind yourself that you’re not alone in feeling this way and you will not always feel this way. Practice self love while you navigate your divorce experience and healing by working in some time to do something you enjoy each day.

Consider Speaking to a Therapist

While leaning on your family and friends can often be very helpful during and following a divorce, sometimes it’s necessary to seek help from a professional. Our goal is to empower individuals to navigate their divorce with confidence and emerge stronger and more prepared for the next chapter of their lives.