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Reducing the emotional stress of a divorce

Divorce can significantly alter a person's life in many ways. There are the obvious changes, of course, such as living single and possibly becoming a single parent. But there is also the stress of a divorce which can affect your emotions and mental health. However, there are techniques that you can use to help reduce the amount of stress that builds during a divorce.

One of the first things you can do is to find a person or group in which you can talk about your stress. Whether it is a therapist or a group of close friends or family, everyone who is going through a divorce needs to have someone to talk to. Talking through a difficult situation is one way to make the situation manageable. However, experts agree that a divorcing spouse should never discuss their feelings during a divorce with their child. It's very important that you discuss your feelings only with another adult.

Another important method that can alleviate the emotional stress of a divorce is to exercise regularly. Regular daily exercise can help reduce stress. Exercise is one way that the body releases endorphins; powerful neural transmitters that can help boost a person's mood. It also helps to relieve tension and anger.

Experts agree that one of the best steps to take to help relieve stress is to let go of the negative emotions divorce can bring on and move forward. It takes time to heal from a divorce and letting go and forgiving oneself for their divorce is a healthy way to get back on the right track.

A divorce attorney isn't your therapist, but a good divorce attorney takes your emotional needs into account when representing you. A skilled divorce attorney can help protect you from some of the stresses of the divorce process and guide you toward a more comfortable future.

Source:, "9 tips for dealing with divorce stress"' Kathy Meyer, March 16, 2016

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