You may have not pictured yourself getting divorced when you got married. But this is a reality for many couples, and you may experience feelings of sadness and depression as you go through this legal process.
According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, Major Depressive Disorder affects more than 16.1 million adults in America. Although it is normal to feel down during your divorce, there are steps you can take to protect your mental health during this trying time.
Go easy on yourself
During your divorce, remember that you are going through a major life change. Go easier on yourself than you normally would and refrain from making any big changes or taking on large projects at work or at home.
Take care of your physical health
Your physical health can heavily impact your mental health. Try to take care of your physical health during divorce by eating a balanced diet, staying physically active, limiting your reliance on alcohol and getting enough sleep.
Talk to someone about your feelings
Going through a divorce can lead to many emotions and feelings you need to talk about. Seek support from your friends and family members and if needed, talk to a mental health professional about what you are experiencing.
The divorce process can take a toll on you mentally, and it may feel like life will never feel normal again. In addition to these strategies, try to think positively and remember that this phase in your life will not last forever.