Getting a divorce can completely change your life, and it can impact your mental health. Even if your divorce is relatively amicable, you may still struggle with feelings of anxiousness and depression while ending your marriage.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in 2019, 20.6% of adults in the U.S. experienced some form of mental illness. You are not alone if you struggle with your mental health during your divorce, and there are steps you can take to improve your well-being at this time.
Maintain a positive attitude
Divorce is a difficult time but finding ways to maintain a positive attitude can help you move forward with the process. Focus on your personal strengths and find ways to decrease your stress and laugh more, like surrounding your people with positive, uplifting people.
Take care of your physical health
During the divorce process, your physical health can affect your mental health. Try to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, stay physically active and avoid relying on alcohol and other mood-altering substances to help yourself cope.
Seek help from a support system
Turn to your friends and family members to talk about how you are feeling during your divorce. You may also want to seek out a support group of others going through divorces and talk to a therapist or counselor about your experience.
It may take time to feel normal again after your divorce. But taking care of your mental health can help you cope with your emotions and feel more prepared to move on from this part of your life.