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How to navigate work stress during a divorce

To say divorce is stressful is an understatement. It may feel like you barely have the time or energy to focus on the divorce, much less your professional life. In a divorce study, about 44% of people claimed that divorce negatively impacted their careers.

While your divorce can make work-related stress feel worse, there are ways you can alleviate the stress.

Communicate with your boss

Communication with your boss could make a difference in how much stress you experience at work. The stress of a divorce can eat away at your productivity and can make it difficult for you to concentrate. Additionally, you may have various court proceedings to attend to finalize the divorce, divide your assets or settle child custody issues. Talking with your boss beforehand can help you obtain the time off you need to handle your divorce case.

Stay positive about your future

While many people claim divorce affects them negatively, there is still a large percentage of people who think of divorce as a positive thing for their future. If you have a high-conflict marriage, the odds are that the marriage already affects your professional life. Some people find that divorce makes it easier to put energy into work and focus on their goals rather than mending their relationship.

As you navigate your divorce, focus on healing and you might find that your work performance improves also. Take time to care for physical and mental health. It is easier to cope with stress with a healthy mind and body.