Ending a marital relationship can simultaneously cause relief and emotional unrest. Depending on the circumstances within your marriage and the reason for your divorce, the emotional trauma you endure can cause debilitating side effects.
Understanding how to acknowledge and process your emotions can help you to conquer trauma and fill your future with hope and promise.
Take it slow
Factors like your career, the support you have, your daily responsibilities, your personality, your mental health and prior personal experiences can all influence how long it takes for you to process your divorce. According to Psychology Today, experts say it could take anywhere between one and two years to recover.
Take your time to process how you feel. Consider therapy to help you sort through your experiences and emotions. A therapist can help you see situations from an objective point of view. You can also implement meditation into your routine and give yourself time to sit, free of distractions, and work through your feelings.
More than ever, now is a crucial time to take care of yourself and your needs. Trying to deal with emotional trauma when you lack the psychological strength to approach things rationally can prolong your suffering. Studies show that the way you care for your body plays a direct role in supporting your mental health.
Throughout your divorce and into your future, prioritize self-care. Some of the things you can do include the following:
- Eat well-balanced meals
- Drink plenty of water
- Incorporate activity into your routine
- Sleep for 8 hours each night
You can also look for new hobbies to try. Even during your adjustment to the new changes in your life, making time for yourself and your interests can facilitate your emotional healing.