Going through a divorce can take a toll on your mental and physical health. It’s important to remember to take care of number one (that’s YOU) throughout the process. If you have children, you may be inclined to push your own needs aside to focus on theirs. While we always encourage you to prioritize the needs of your children, you can’t take care of them if you’re not healthy yourself. Here are some tips for staying healthy during your divorce:
1. Exercise. Taking care of your body while you’re dealing with emotional trauma is one of the most important things you can do. In addition to the general health benefits of exercise, taking some time to yourself several times a week to go for a walk or take an exercise class can help increase your cognitive function and provide an outlet for frustration. Furthermore, regular exercise can help you sleep better, and let’s face it: you need all the sleep you can get.
2. Ask for help. Whether you need help caring for your children, running errands, or a shoulder to cry on, now is the time to turn to your friends and family for support. You may be surprised by the number of people who step up to help in your time of need.
3. Seek professional help. You may be dealing with issues that you are unable to manage on your own, or that your friends and family are unequipped to help you with. A counselor who specializes in separation and divorce issues can provide you with an impartial perspective and offer coping mechanisms.
4. Relax. Take some time for yourself every day to think, meditate, or clear your mind completely. Whether you enjoy cooking, reading, or even watching trash TV, taking the time to quiet the tornado of thoughts in your head is crucial for your health. Book a massage, take your kids to the park, and make sure you take care of yourself.
5. Let your lawyer help. Trying to navigate the legal system can be overwhelming. At MyOntairoDivorce.com, we have provided you with the information and resources you need to self-represent. However, completing these forms can be time-consuming, and if you’re already overwhelmed, it may be too much to handle. A qualified family lawyer can help alleviate some of the pressure.
For more information on domestic contracts, separation, divorce, and other family law matters, please visit MyOntarioDivorce.com.