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Survival Strategies: Coping with Separation and Divorce

Survival Strategies: Coping with Separation and Divorce

Coping with separation and divorce can be one of the most difficult trials of a person’s life. Mental health experts have indicated that the pain of a divorce can sometimes rival that of grieving the death of a loved one. If you are going through this type of trial in your own life, remind yourself everyday that while it can be horrible, surviving divorce is also possible. Make an effort to cope with the pain and stress of separation and divorce by finding out what worked for others in similar situations and see if it might be what you need as well.

  • Seek out a Support Network: it may be a really good friend, a group of friends, support groups for others in like circumstances, family, etc.
  • Redefine Yourself: When you go through a divorce, you’re suddenly no longer part of a couple. This altered reality can be a relief to some and a terrifying prospect to others. Don’t let losing that one definition of who you are crush you. Redefine who you are – that was just one side of you. You are so much more.
  • Utilize Words of Affirmation: Regardless of whether or not you can make yourself feel it each morning or not, choose a quote that applies to your situation and spins it in a positive light. Read it when you wake up in the morning. Set it as your phone’s wallpaper. Repeat it out loud to yourself when you feel yourself slipping into melancholy. Make it your mantra for the day and focus your mind on it every time you feel overwhelmed by the negative energy surrounding you. We’ll even give you a good first suggestion, “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” –Robert Brault
  • Minimize the Impact on the Kids: Pain is inevitable, a major relationship is ending. But you do have the power to protect your children from similar levels of disruption and pain. Keep things as amicable as possible. You’re dealing with an overwhelming amount of grief, but you should always attempt to avoid criticizing the other parent in from of the children.
If you need additional assistance with your legal separation or Arizona divorce, please get in touch with the Arizona divorce lawyers at Arizona Family Law Attorneys as soon as possible. We can help you make plans that will help you minimize the negative impact of your divorce on your life and the lives of your kids.

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