Going through a divorce or separation can be a period of huge turmoil and it is regularly cited as one of the leading causes of depression, stress, and anxiety. This is perfectly understandable as making the decision to end a marriage or relationship requires significant soul searching and has the potential for massive upheaval for you, your spouse, and any children in your family unit.
The emotional impact of a breakup should never be underestimated, and you could find yourself flitting between depression and potential anger, to questioning what you could have done differently. These emotions are completely normal and evaluating why the marriage didn’t work can be helpful for finding acceptance and moving on. However, you should also make sure that you are kind to yourself and ensure that you have coping strategies in place to protect your mental health and wellbeing.
Get the right information
Having all the information you need about the divorce process gives you the power of knowledge. Being in the know can also reduce feelings of anxiety or worry. Speaking to a divorce solicitor should put your mind at ease. Always remember that no question is a silly question, they are there to assist and support you.
Reconnect with family and friends
There are people in our lives who we always turn to and now is the time to ask them for support. This is particularly important if you have recently found yourself feeling isolated. Catch up with them, explain the situation, ask them to tell you if they feel you are overloading them, and have a laugh.
Treat yourself with kindness
Divorce can be emotionally traumatic, and you may find yourself in situations where you beat yourself up. Be kind to yourself, go for a nice walk, spend the day on the sofa watching old films, have a long bath. Eat healthily, avoid booze, and allow yourself moments to heal. It’s also a great idea to try to seek out the positives. Although that may sound flippant, finding the positives in a negative situation can help you deal with it and move on sooner.
Seek professional help for depression and anxiety
If you find yourself continuing to feel depressed or low, go and speak to your GP. They will be able to advise you and refer you to other specialists if needed.
Jarmans Solicitors pride ourselves in offering an empathetic and supportive divorce service. If you’re considering divorce, we’re here to support and advise you. Send us an email or call us on 01795 472291. We offer a free, 15-minute, pre-bookable phone call with one of our experienced family law team. Alternatively, we offer a fixed £120 fee inc VAT for a 45-minute meeting with one of our highly experienced family team.