Going through a divorce is an important endeavor. Regardless of the nature of the divorce—whether amicable or acrimonious- the paperwork and the meetings can affect both spouses’ emotional and mental bandwidth.
In Michigan, spouses are not required to prove anything to file for a divorce. This is called a no-fault divorce. While it does not mean that going through a divorce is not a wise option, it can overwhelm an individual and sometimes overlook other essential things such as self-care.
Prioritizing self-care while going through stressful endeavors like a divorce does not mean getting a total body scrub or a week-long vacation at a luxury resort. Although these activities can help relieve stress, prioritizing self-care can be less expensive. Some of the practical and effective ways to help you prioritize self-care while going through a stressful chapter in your life can include the following:
Eat healthy food
Eating healthy food is a daily self-care activity. Eating a balanced diet that has the necessary nutrition that you need will help in handling stressful situations better. Your mind and body will also thank you for being adequately nourished, and in turn, it will function optimally, especially when tackling tedious and life-changing processes like divorce.
Take the rest that is right for you
If you find yourself experiencing difficult emotions and it is affecting how you function in your day-to-day activities, this is a clear sign of fatigue. Be sure to take proper amounts of rest, which can include:
- Six to eight hours of sleep
- Power naps
- Do activities that help you unwind, i.e. spending time with family and friends
- Find peace and relaxation in your me-time
You do not need to wait to feel fatigued until you take the abovementioned activities that allow you to rest. Ensuring that you take rests, especially during this point in your life, is vital to prevent burnout.
Manage your energy
Besides taking rests, prioritizing self-care also means managing your energy. We often hear about managing time, but only some are about managing energy. In managing your energy, you must be clear about your priorities and focus on those things first.
As you go through a divorce, don’t hesitate to lean on your legal professional for guidance. They can provide answers to questions that are causing you to stress and can even suggest ways for you to delegate certain responsibilities to trusted family members to lighten your load. Never forget that your attorney is there to guide you through this stressful time in the most efficient way possible.