While a new chapter in life may sound like a godsend, divorce itself can be a very trying time as many Florida residents know. Now, there’s no shortage of perspectives on divorce, whether it be in the media or from word of mouth around town locals, so while divorce is in some respects a known procedure, it can still be difficult to prioritize one’s health during this transition.
The ever-repeating mantra of “eat healthy, get plenty of sleep and drink water” may start to sound annoying but it is still helpful and points to the foundations of a strong wellbeing. This can be especially helpful when the temperamental aspects of divorce get too intense. But self-care can go beyond this simple mantra.
Find some sort of mental break
An article on Healthline speaks to the sheer weight and volume of feelings that come with this huge life event. While therapists at varying price points do exist, it can also be helpful and healthy to explore what mental breaks or coping behaviors will make getting through each day easier. This could take the form of a class, or maybe sitting down with a favorite show. Perhaps there are support groups nearby or a park that can serve as a place of natural serenity. Falling back on old comforting habits can be wise, as can going on new adventures.
This point has some overlap with the one above, but it is so very important to establish boundaries. In a trying time, every waking hour can feel like a vulnerable one. While divorce can bring up challenges along the way, taking moments to reassess your options and ask questions to find what fits best can take some of the stress away and allows you to put yourself first. It is not a selfish thing to stand up for yourself.
No matter how amicable divorce may be, it is bound to come with challenges in some form or another. Taking the time for yourself to heal, set boundaries, and work through the day-to-day stressors can help not only you, but your children as well. There are support systems available, including support groups, therapists, neighbors, your local advocate, and more.