5 Ways to Limit Divorce Stress

Going through a divorce is a stressful experience. While you may not be able to avoid the added stress that comes with a divorce, there are a variety of things you can do to reduce the overall stress levels in your life and put your mind and body in a position to deal with existing stress in a healthy way. The following are five proven ways to reduce the stress in your life while going through a divorce.

Start (or Intensify) Your Exercise Routine

Exercise is one of the best ways to work through your stress, and it has many other great health benefits too. If you are out of shape, consider joining a gym or at least starting a modest workout routine. If you’re already in good shape, why not step it up a notch and take your workouts to the next level? Either way, exercise not only helps you fight off stress, but it will also help you build your confidence for starting this next stage of life.

Declutter Your Home

It is amazing how much better you will feel when living in a clean and organized environment. Unfortunately, divorce often leaves people more cluttered than ever because you either had to move out of your home, or you just had your spouse move out. Taking the time to really go through all your belongings to put everything in its place will be a great help. If you’re not great at organizing yourself, consider hiring someone to come in and get you started off on the right foot.

Join a Divorce Support Group

Going through a divorce can leave you feeling very lonely. Joining a divorce support group will give you plenty of companionship, and also a group of people who you can talk with about your divorce. Since everyone in the group is going through something similar, you can get great advice, or just a place to blow off steam. Either way, this can be a great way to limit your divorce-stress.

Get Out in Nature

There have been many scientific studies that have shown that simply spending time in nature can help dramatically reduce stress. Take a walk through some nature trails, take a vacation to a national park, or find some other way to get out into nature. You’ll be glad you did.

Don’t Forget Physical Touch

The physical touch of another person can be very soothing and has been shown to be great at reducing stress. Unfortunately, most people are lacking in any type of physical touch or embrace while going through a divorce, for obvious reasons. Getting a massage or other similar treatment is a great way to help eliminate the stress that has built up from your divorce.

Of course, each person is unique and will need to determine what types of activities will work best for eliminating stress. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and do what it takes to emerge from your divorce in a strong position both physically and mentally.

John M. Totten