No one enters a marriage expecting it to end in divorce. If you're going through one, though, you're not alone--over 40% of marriages end in divorce. Letting go of a failing marriage is difficult, and finding your way through this challenging time can seem impossible. You can find meaning and hope, though, as you rebuild your life. Here are some tools and tips to help:
Make Room for Your Feelings
When you're going through a divorce, your feelings may run from grief to anger and back again. In the face of your daily responsibilities, it can be tempting to push those feelings aside.
Make room in your life to feel and cope with those emotions. Journaling is a powerful tool for getting in touch with your thoughts and feelings. It doesn't need to be fancy--just a simple notebook where you jot down what you're feeling can be enough.
Talking with a trusted friend or family member can also provide an outlet for challenging emotions.
Ask for Help
It can be tempting to isolate yourself when your marriage is ending. This can cut off much needed support and assistance.
Reach out to empathetic friends or family members. Whether you need someone to listen or help with child care or household tasks, people are often happy to help. They just may not be sure how to help.
Counseling can be especially helpful. It gives you a dedicated space to explore how you're feeling and help you develop tools to cope. Support groups and social groups for those going through divorce can also provide you with assistance as well as provide a social outlet.
Take Care of Yourself
Divorce can be a financially difficult time, and you may feel like you can't indulge. It's important to still make room to take care of yourself.
Exercise can be a powerful way to feel more energized and refreshed. Even a short walk outside can be helpful. Yoga is a calming way to reconnect with your body.
A long bath with a good book can be relaxing and provide a much needed distraction.
Regardless of what it looks like for you, take time out for you and your needs.
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