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How can you take care of yourself after a divorce?

The weeks and months after a divorce can be stressful. You might be relieved that your divorce is finally over with, but you could have a number of conflicting emotions, including sadness, loneliness and a general feeling of being lost. You might also feel caught up in taking care of the children and helping them adjust after the divorce. It is important for you and other Wisconsin residents to practice self-care during stressful situations, as well.

The following tips are provided by Psychology Today, which might give you some ideas on how to get through the blues after your divorce:

  • Develop or re-discover an uplifting hobby or activity you enjoy, such journaling, crafting, cooking or gardening.
  • Get involved in your community by volunteering at a hospital, nursing home, shelter or library.
  • Lift your mood by listening to music, exercising, watching a funny movie or treating yourself to something special.
  • Take some time each day to slow down and relax; enjoy a hot bath, meditate, get a massage or take a nap.
  • Spend some time with your pets or go out for coffee with a friend.
  • Do not be afraid to say no, ask for help or take a break when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Depression and anxiety are very common after a stressful event like a divorce. If you feel like you are having difficulty getting through this difficult period on your own, you might find it beneficial to join a support group or speak with a therapist about your feelings.

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