Certain life events have a way of etching themselves into your memory. For instance, you might remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you decided to file for a divorce. Especially if you have children or have been married for 10 years or more, it’s never easy to end a relationship. However, it’s important to make sure the stress of the situation doesn’t comprise your health.
Divorce can be physically, emotionally and mentally draining. There are several helpful tips to keep in mind that can reduce your risk for developing ill health as you’re navigating divorce proceedings in a California court.
Don’t be afraid to meet your emotions head-on
Problems can arise for many people who try to numb their pain by taking drugs or consuming copious amounts of alcohol. If your relationship with your ex is contentious and your divorce is especially stressful and challenging, you might feel tempted to drink the pain away.
Most mental health experts and divorce counselors agree, however, that it’s better to face your sorrow, anger or other emotions head-on and work your way through it all, day by day, than try to hide your pain or deal with it in ways that can place your health at risk.
Make healthy food choices and stay hydrated
Have you ever gone through a time so tough that your forgot to eat or drink water? After filing for divorce, it’s critical that you stay healthy, especially if you’re a parent. You might be surprised at how eating healthy meals and staying hydrated can help you cope with courtroom stress.
On the other hand, if you’re eating mostly junk food and not drinking enough water on a daily basis, you might suffer stomach discomfort, headaches, confusion and other adverse health issues that may impede your ability to function well in court.
Exercise, meditation and intentional living help reduce stress
No one can tell you that you shouldn’t feel upset about your divorce. On the contrary, it’s normal to feel sad about ending a relationship or to mourn the loss of a marriage. What you do about your feelings can have a significant effect on your physical, mental and emotional health, however.
It’s a good idea to using breathing exercises, whole body movement, meditation and productive activities to help clear your mind and stay calm, particularly if you’re headed for court and anticipate that things might get heated during proceedings. It’s also helpful to have a strong support network in place, especially with regard to legal issues.