Divorce is never simple. Sometimes, you have done everything you can to salvage the relationship, and – in the end – divorce feels like the best option for you, your spouse, or for the both of you.
Suddenly, you are completely separating from a person that you promised you would always love, honor, and cherish until death do you part. Divorce can take a serious toll on your mental and emotional health. It is important to care for yourself – and find the help that you need – during this time.
Go Through the Grieving Process For Your Relationship
Just as you would grieve for the loss of someone you love, it is important to grieve this relationship that at one point was a major part of your life. Don’t constantly suppress or ignore the emotions you feel. You need to feel the sadness, anger, or fear that are natural emotions after a divorce.
Begin Creating a New Life Outside of Your Marriage
Now that you are single again, take some time to figure out who you are without your spouse. Many of your current friends may be friends with both you and your spouse, so they may have a difficult time ”taking sides”. Take the effort to rekindle your friendships and reclaim activities that you can enjoy on your own. Now is a time to explore life and reconnect with yourself.
Even if you had an amicable split with your spouse, it may take some time to fully accept and thrive after your divorce, and that’s okay. You also don’t need to go through the process on your own. It may be good to seek help from a divorce support group or to find a therapist that can help you with your mental health.