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How can I maintain emotional stability during a divorce?

Divorce can be one of the most challenging times in a person’s life. Significant changes are coming, but there are ways to keep your head above water. Maintaining focus, health and emotional stability can make all the difference.

It is easy to let your physical health slide while you are in the thick of a divorce. According to a 2015 study by the American Heart Association, women who have been through a divorce are almost 25% more likely to suffer a heart attack than women who have not. Findings like these suggest that maintaining a regular physical health regimen and a healthy diet are more important than ever. Habits like cigarette smoking or binge eating might make you feel better in the moment, but they will not help you stay grounded and centered.

Try not to get tied up in the emotional component of a tough situation. Grieve when you need to grieve but do your best to keep an even keel. If emotions flare up during mediation or litigation, it can be tough to maintain focus. Take the time to organize your finances and paperwork. Reduce stress by having information ready to go when you need it. Write down everything you want from the divorce and keep that paper handy to help you maintain personal equilibrium.

On the flip side, remember to respect the feelings of others involved. Your spouse and your children are also going through this difficult time. That does not mean giving in to demands you are not comfortable with, however. Respect the validity of others’ requests without losing touch with your own needs.