There are many reasons why divorce is stressful. For starters, parents face the anxiety that they will lose quality time with their children. Divorce also leads to uncertainty, possible financial implications and social changes.
Researchers have made an inventory of stressors, and divorce ranks right at the top as the second most stressful event a person could experience. So, what is the best way to cope with divorce-related stress and anxiety? Here are some tips for staying calm during an uncertain time.
1. Ask For Help and Accept It
Friends and family can be uncertain about how to help you during the divorce process. They may not know what to say or do. Don’t interpret silence as being alone. Often, your loved ones are waiting for you to tell them what you need.
Ask for help and name the help you need specifically. Do you need someone to talk with over the phone? Or more concrete support, like help with childcare or budgeting? Tell people the best way to support you, and then gratefully accept the support they lend. Having that support is a key way to beat divorce-related anxiety.
2. Take Divorce Matters One Step At a Time
Studies show that there’s no physical difference between anxiety caused by something that’s actually happening and anxiety caused by something we’re only thinking about. To limit anxiety, try to keep your mind on present things. Of course, that’s easier said than done. However, you can try to tackle each obstacle as it comes rather than thinking ahead to various scenarios.
3. Bring in the Pros. Hire an Experienced Attorney.
Nobody expects to go through a divorce. So when you’re divorcing, you’re constantly faced with decisions you’ve never made before and likely haven’t prepared for. Hire an experienced, reputable lawyer, and then trust that person to guide you through the decision-making process.
Having a trusted professional’s phone number can go a long way toward reducing anxiety and bringing you peace of mind.
Contact Us for Help With Your Divorce
If you need help making your divorce more manageable, talking with a lawyer is a good way to get real information. For a confidential consultation, call our Fort Worth office at 817-755-1852 . At the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., we have extensive experience guiding people through the divorce process, and our experience can help reduce your anxiety