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Taking care of oneself during a divorce

May 28, 2020 | Divorce

A West Virginia divorce can be every bit as traumatic as the death of a loved one. What adds to the stress is that there is a legal process unfolding at the same time. Those who are going through a divorce are facing definite risks to their physical and emotional health. Self-care is a must during this time.

The first task is to find one or more people to talk to who can serve as support during this time. It is vital to have a network whether it is an official or unofficial one. However, one group of people to leave out of the daily details is the children. Using them as support is unfair to them, and it can force them to choose sides.

Staying active during this time is a must. A person who has hobbies should stay with them during this time and may even benefit by starting a new one. It is also critical to take care of oneself physically and emotionally. Staying home continuously during the divorce is not productive, and it can lead to a person letting themselves go in every way. Perhaps the worst thing to do is to engage in the blame game, especially when the focus becomes internal. There will be time to figure out why things happened, but the first challenge is getting through a messy divorce.

Being plunged into a hostile and bitter legal process can keep someone from doing what they need to do in order to survive this difficult and traumatic time. Working with a divorce attorney is one way to reduce the stress of a divorce. The attorney may handle the daily details of the divorce so that their client can center themselves on doing what they need to in order to get better.