When you decide to get a divorce, you may already realize that it will be difficult on many levels. But you may not recognize that ending your marriage can take a toll on your mental health.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, among adults 18 and older in the U.S., about one in four adults struggles with a mental illness every year. Divorce can make protecting your mental health more challenging, but there are steps you can take to maintain this aspect of your health at this time.
Rebuild your identity
Your marriage may have defined who you were for many years. As you embark on the divorce process, find ways to remember the other important roles you play in your life. You may want to find new personal connections or try a new hobby.
The way you feel physically can affect the way you feel mentally and emotionally. During your divorce, try to exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet and get enough sleep. Refrain from relying on drugs and alcohol to help you cope.
Open up to others
It can be helpful to talk to others about the feelings and emotions you experience during your divorce. You may want to open up to a friend or family member, start seeing a therapist or join a support group for divorcees.
It may take time after your divorce to feel normal and happy again. Be patient with yourself as you undergo the emotional healing process and remember that you will not feel like this forever.