Thousands of people have been through divorces, and thousands more will go through them, too. Divorce isn’t unusual, but it is stressful. If you’ve chosen to move forward with a divorce, then you know that it takes up much of your energy.

Going through a divorce is time intensive and frustrating for some. Although you want your marriage to end, there are steps you have to go through to make that happen. With a spouse who doesn’t want to work with you, this can take months or even years.

How can you handle the stress of a divorce?

The solution is to make sure you take care of yourself first. If that means not dealing with the divorce at all for a weekend while you take time away, do that and focus on yourself. If that means allowing your attorney to negotiate on your behalf or letting a judge determine who owns important property pieces, let that happen.

The negativity of a divorce will drag you down if you let it. By “going with the flow” and fighting for only the assets or changes that are most important to you, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy.

It’s also a good idea to consider talking to someone, like a friend, or going to a support group. Having others with similar problems around you can help you work through yours. Having a listening ear nearby could help you work out your frustrations so that you’re better able to negotiate with your spouse, too.

These are a few things you can do to reduce the stress of a divorce. In a short time, you’ll be able to look back on this as a small blip in your life.

Source: LiveAbout, “9 Tips For Dealing With Divorce Stress,” Cathy Meyer, accessed Dec. 07, 2017