Ways to cope with the stress of divorce and get on with life

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2022 | Divorce |

It’s common knowledge that going through a marital breakup is rarely easy. In fact, the experience of divorce may be one of the most stressful things you will ever go through. When you separate from a long-time spouse, you’ll likely be faced with a myriad of questions that you just won’t have answers to.  

The uncertainty that lies before you amid divorce may cause you to feel emotionally and psychologically overwhelmed. However, if you fail to cope with these difficult emotions in a healthy way, your life could be greatly affected long after the divorce is finalized. Here are a few methods of coping with the stress and emotional turmoil that often accompany divorce.  


Some people who go through divorce have a hard time facing reality and accepting the fact that their marriage is over. You may want to blame your ex-spouse or other circumstances for why things happened the way they did. However, denying or refusing to accept the events that occurred will only hold you back from processing the divorce and getting on with your life. Healing starts with acceptance. 

Discuss your feelings 

An event like divorce can cause any person to want to bottle up their feelings. However, to cope with stress and difficult emotions, you have to get them off your chest. It is often helpful to talk with family or close friends about how you’re feeling. Many people who go through divorce also join support groups where they can discuss their experience with people who have been through the same thing. Sharing painful emotions will help you process them, which leads to healing. 

Try new things 

While you may be experiencing the grief and low-moods typical of divorce, look on the bright side. You now have the freedom to do things that you’ve always wanted to do. This is the perfect time for you to participate in hobbies or activities that you once loved to do. Whether it’s reconnecting with lost passions or trying new things, just enjoy your new-found freedom. 

Professional help is available  

Sometimes, the anxiety and stress of divorce may be just too much for you to handle on your own. Never be ashamed or afraid of reaching out to a mental-health professional for help. A licensed therapist can talk with you, help you process negative emotions and lay out a plan to get your life back on track. 

Divorce is one of the most difficult and emotionally painful events any person can go through. From a legal perspective, divorce can also be very confusing. Luckily, there is legal assistance readily available for any person in Illinois who may be thinking about divorce or in the midst of a marital breakup.