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You can cope with divorce by taking these 3 steps

Separation and divorce are hard on individuals. It's not just the financial expense of divorce that makes it so frustrating. There is emotional turmoil and physical strain. A lack of sleep, depression or other factors can make dealing with divorce very difficult.

How can you take your divorce in stride? There are many different ways to handle the stress you feel. Here are a few things to consider.

1. Make sure you rest

Getting enough rest is vital to your continued health and well-being. You need to have enough sleep behind you to give you the energy you need to go to work, your attorney's office and to communicate with others clearly and in a balanced manner. Not getting enough to eat, not sleeping enough or failing to relax can put you on edge and make it harder to deal with your divorce.

2. Don't go through it alone

Consider working with a counselor, talking to a friend or venting to your family. Whatever you need to do to feel better is necessary. Isolation is likely to raise your level of stress, so focus on reducing your stress by surrounding yourself by people who care about you and who you care about.

3. Try out a new hobby

It might seem like a bad idea to start a new hobby now, but there has never been a better time. Getting your mind off a divorce, even for a few minutes a day, can help you re-balance yourself and give you the focus you need to address issues that come up in your life.

These tips can help you feel your best despite dealing with stress in your life. Your attorney can help handle the legal actions you need to take, so you get some time to yourself.

Source: Mental Health America, "Coping With Separation And Divorce," accessed July 05, 2017

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