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Divorce brings out the best and the worst in us. We see a stronger, more independent side of ourselves. Sometimes during divorce, we start to think about others before we think about ourselves. It might be worrying about your kids or your extended family or anyone else who might be impacted by your divorce. Staying healthy throughout divorce is vital to keeping yourself goingthroughout and after the course of divorce.

Staying Healthy Throughout Divorce

Mentally

It’s imperative that you stay in a good mental space during divorce. This may mean going to see a therapist or just making sure you have “me time”. Your mental health will probably be going through a lot right now. You and your partner in life are parting ways, hopefully for the betterment of each other. But how do you feel about it? Take your time to process your emotions and your feelings. Much like a loved one dying, divorce requires you to go through the stages of grief. Staying healthy throughout divorce, mentally, means you don’t suppress any feelings and allow yourself time to heal.

Physically

If your partner did all the cooking before you separated or if you’re having difficulty learning how to cook for one, physically staying healthy throughout divorce can be tricky. A new routine is the best way for you start taking care of yourself. Your eating habits and your activitiescontribute to your physical health. Additionally, if you begin a new routine and deliberately do things (perhaps, go to the gym every other day or substitute a comfort food for fresh veggies) you’ll be mentally occupied. Since you’ll be busy with this, you will be able to keep your mind off of the divorce.

Allow yourself to feel the roller coaster of emotions and find a way to take care of yourself. It’s okay to be a little selfish when staying healthy throughout divorce. Separation and divorce will change your life, so use this season of change to work on yourself. Some self introspection, on how you can be better to yourself, will help you heal and grow.