Divorce takes a toll in every way; financially, emotionally, mentally and professionally. It is one of the most challenging times in an individual’s life. Usually, people are so focused on getting through the divorce process, the legal aspect, finances and their children, that they forget about themselves and the importance of self-care.
What is self-care?
Self-care is caring for all aspects of yourself, including your mental and physical health. Without caring for yourself, you are much more prone to get sick and it is much harder to get through a divorce if you are not conscious about taking action to practice self-care.
Self-care boosts self-esteem and strengthens your ability to deal with problems in life. It makes you a better person, parent and professional because caring for yourself allows you to be the best version of yourself.
What are examples of practicing self-care?
- Exercising daily
- Meditation and conscious breathing
- Eating healthy foods
- Joining a divorce support group
- Surrounding yourself with people who genuinely care about you
- Looking for a therapist if you need one
There are many other ways of practicing self-love, including doing things you are passionate about. For example, if you enjoy playing the piano, dedicate fifteen minutes daily to do that, without exception, absent emergencies.
If you enjoy reading and writing but do not have enough time because you are raising children, set your alarm clock earlier and spend half an hour writing down your feelings or anything that makes you feel good.
Self-care and feeling good are not a luxury but a necessary part of life for everyone. It becomes even more critical during a divorce because of the difficulties you are going through.