Going through a divorce in Massachusetts comes with a hefty checklist. As you work your way down that list, it is vital that you pencil in some time to take care of your physical, emotional and mental health.
U.S. News & World Report provides a number of insights on healthy coping mechanisms during a divorce. Be sure to keep these tips in mind as you end one chapter of your life and start another.
Pay attention to what you eat
With work, meetings with your attorney and other obligations, you may not have much time or energy to focus on what you eat. Make a point to eat as healthy as possible. Divorce can either lead to rapid weight gain or weight loss. A proper diet keeps your weight healthy, gives you the energy you need to tend to your divorce checklist and can better regulate your mood during this trying time.
Exercise when you can
Exercising can also help lift your spirits during your divorce. Just going for a walk may better clear your mind and stave off depression and anxiety, two common emotional responses when a marriage ends.
Build a support network
Your attorney provides you with legal help, but you need to look elsewhere for psychological help. Reach out to friends and family willing to support you and remain with you after the divorce is over and done. You may need to seek out new friendships or secure old friendships if you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse have a circle of mutual friends. Additionally, consider going to therapy to better sort out and understand your thoughts and emotions during divorce.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.