Protecting Your Mental, Emotional, and Physical Health
Divorce impacts you in more ways than just your marital status. Your overall well-being, including your mental, emotional, and physical health, can feel the effects of the process. Because of this, it’s important to remember to take time and practice self-care throughout a divorce.
While many people think of self-care as treating oneself to special occasions such as massages or other relaxing activities, self-care at its core is doing whatever is necessary, even if the task is simple to complete, to heal the whole person. This means that getting proper rest at night or eating healthy foods both count as examples of self-care.
The experiences you will have during a divorce can all impact how you think and feel; a difficult situation, for example, can leave you feeling exhausted mentally and physically. If you do not take steps to allow yourself to heal from that experience, you risk doing further harm to your well-being. This, in turn, can impact your ability to think critically about the various decisions you will have to make during divorce, which can lead to costly mistakes.
In addition, you must remember that while you are taking steps to prepare for the future during divorce, what you do to take care of yourself now truly matters. Remember that your health is important, and you must intentionally choose to take care of yourself.
What Counts as Self-Care?
As mentioned, even simple tasks can be examples of practicing self-care. Ensuring that you are getting the right amount of sleep for your body at night, eating the right foods, and exercising regularly are all great ways of taking care of your body and mind. In addition, you can also engage in special activities that can do great things for your mental health. For example, you may choose to participate in a hobby you enjoy or to treat yourself to something you don’t normally do; all of these activities are great ways to practice self-care for the sake of your overall well-being.