Industry leaders, gurus and medical professionals all tout the benefits of self-care for relieving daily stress, avoiding burnout and fighting depression.
However, when a major life transition like a divorce happens, it can be difficult to carve out the time and space for an effective self-care practice.
Coping through change
While a family separation and divorce may be the right thing to do, it is never the easy thing to do. When one party moves out, children still need nurturing and bills still need paying. In time, you hammer out all the details in family court, but until then the stress can be overwhelming.
Managing anger and resentment
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the end of your marriage, you may be holding onto unhealthy emotions that cause you to think or act irrationally. If you and your former partner cannot work together to settle your divorce, then the bulk of the decision-making in your case will fall to a judge. This means your divorce could take much longer and cost much more than necessary.
Keeping a clear head
When going through a divorce, it is important to focus on the big picture. While you may be in a hurry to get it over with so you can move on, an inability to focus on the details can cause you to lose your power during property division negotiations and give up more than you should.
Your self-care activity, whether it is a weekly yoga class, professional counseling or guided meditation practice, can help you get through this hard time in your life with dignity and strength.