How To Reduce Stress When Going Through A Divorce

Collaborative post. Divorce can cause a lot of feelings, and even if you’re relieved that it’s happening and you know it’s the right thing to do, it’s still going to be an emotional time. It’s also going to be a stressful time, and many people would rate it very high on the list of the most stressful events that can happen in someone’s life. 

Does it have to be stressful, though? Well, we can’t guarantee that you won’t feel any stress at all when you’re going through a divorce, but we can offer some useful advice about how to reduce your stress and make things a little easier on you and those around you. With that in mind, keep reading to find out what you can do. 

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Get A Good Solicitor 

One thing that can really help to reduce your stress levels when you’re going through a divorce is having a good solicitor. Just as with anything you pay money for in life, there will be good family solicitors and not-so-good ones, and it’s worth doing some research before you commit to using anyone in particular - you’ll need to know they’re going to help you and give you an outcome you can be happy with. 

Make sure you read plenty of reviews for each solicitor you’ve short-listed, and dive deep into how successful they are and how they work. You’ll want to be able to get a good result, but you’ll also want to feel comfortable when it comes to communicating with your solicitor, so speaking to them in person to get a feel for them and how they do their job is a good way to do it. 

Get Active

Something that can reduce all kinds of stress, not just divorce-related stress, is exercise. When you exercise, your body releases ‘happy hormones’ like serotonin, and that reduces the amount of cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) in your body. By the time you’ve finished your workout, you’ll feel much better and that feeling of peace can stay with you for hours to come. 

On top of that, exercising means you’re focused on what you’re doing, especially if you’re in a class or playing a sport with others, and that in turns means that you’re not thinking about anything else - you’re not thinking about the things that are causing you stress (your divorce, in other words). And since exercise also helps you sleep better and, of course, keeps you fit and healthy, it’s a great idea all around. 

Take Your Time With Decisions 

It can be tempting to make quick decisions when you’re going through a divorce because you just want it all to be over and done with as soon as possible, but it’s a good idea if you can take your time instead. 

When you’re stressed, you won’t be thinking clearly, so making snap decisions could lead to regret, and that’s going to lead to more stress, and so it goes on. By taking a step back and really assessing the situation when you need to make a decision, you’ll feel more in control and you’ll be less likely to make a mistake, and that’s going to reduce your stress levels significantly. 

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