Divorce and Your Mental Health

If you have recently separated from your spouse, it is likely that you are going through a wide range of emotions. You may be experiencing anger, resentment, heartache, guilt or fear depending on the exact circumstances surrounding the breakdown of your relationship. It is likely that you are going through a journey of emotions in addition, and sometimes, you may simply feel numb.

Many people go through mental health issues when going through a divorce, and sometimes, it can become unclear as to whether mental health issues led to the breakdown of the marriage, or whether the breakdown of the marriage led to mental health issues. It is important that you take the time to care for your own well-being so that you can move forward for the sake of your own happiness and for the well-being of your children.

Give yourself time to grieve

Even if you are not on good terms with your divorcing spouse, you are still suffering the loss of a person that you once loved and the loss of a relationship. Therefore, you should treat it as a loss in its own right, and you should take the time to grieve and really process your emotions. This could be allowing yourself to reflect on the good times in your relationship and coming to a place of acceptance of what has now happened.

It is important that you take care of your own mental health as a priority, and therapy or counseling can help you with that. In addition, taking action to start the divorce process can be a relief to many and can help to minimize the impact that divorce has on your mental health.