Stressing About Your Divorce
If you have filed for a Colorado divorce or legal separation and are worried about your children, your finances, and your future, it is not uncommon to find yourself in a state of stress and anxiety. These reactions, which can be overwhelming, are often the result of the uncertainty that comes with change. When you are experiencing stress, it is important to identify your resources for self-care.
When you have lived for many years with a partner who has shared the responsibilities for taking care of the children and your home, the idea of living life on your own can be daunting. Even if your relationship was a struggle, going from having a long-term, committed relationship to being single, is not easy. When you are anxious about what life is going to look like during and after your divorce or legal separation, it is important to focus on self-care. But what does self-care look like and what can you do for yourself to keep your stress levels at a minimum?
Identifying Your Resources
It is important to take the time to clearly identify your resources for self-care. These resources may include your family members, close friends, and neighbors, but it also important during this unsettled phase of your life to establish a relationship with a mental health professional. Working with a therapist who clearly understands the transition you are facing can be extremely helpful.
Working with a Therapist
A therapist can help you to navigate the painful journey of divorce and provide you with the internal resources you need to move on with your life in a positive and healthy way. In addition, working with a counselor can also help you to understand why your marriage faltered, and help you to identify the reasons so you can avoid repeating your mistakes. Scheduling a series of counseling sessions is an important step when the pain of divorce becomes too much for you to deal with on your own.
Allowing Yourself Some Alone Time
During this time, it is important to ensure that you have some alone time. Ask a friend or family member to care for your children for several hours, so you can focus on self-care. Even having a few hours every week will help you to relax and get in touch with your own needs. When you are dealing with the challenges associated with separating from your partner, it is important to do something for yourself. This can be a time for you to allow yourself to just be. You don't have to do anything. Just be quiet, be still, breathe deeply. Let go of your stress by allowing yourself to be calm and indulge in a few hours of self-care.
In addition to identifying your resources, seeking counseling sessions, and allowing yourself some alone time, there are several other things you can do to protect your well-being.
· Work Out: Go to the gym, walk, sign up for a yoga class
· Eat Wisely: Choose nutrition over comfort to keep your body strong
· Sleep: Try to get eight hours of sleep every night
· Get Support: Spend time with healthy and positive people who are supportive of you
· Relax and Enjoy Life: Do things that support your new life
Working with Elissa Bercovitz
Elissa Bercovitz is a family law attorney who has 20 years of experience with domestic relations matters related to the dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities (parenting time, custody, and child support), maintenance (spousal support/ alimony), paternity, step-parent adoption, relocation cases, the division of assets and debt, LGBTQ family law matters, post-decree modifications, and guardianship. Elissa also handles mediation for family law cases.
Contact Elissa Bercovitz at the Bercovitz Law Firm and let her help you to navigate your Colorado Divorce or Legal Separation. Call now at (303) 803-1678