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Are you tending to your emotional needs during your divorce?

Divorce is not an easy process emotionally, and trying to navigate the complexity of your legal proceedings can even take its toll on you physically. It's therefore important for anyone going through a divorce to pay attention to their emotional needs.

Here are a few things you can do to ensure you're as emotionally stable as possible during your divorce:

Consider going to a counselor

Many people don't like the idea of going to a counselor, therapist or psychologist. However, if you haven't tried it and you're under a considerable amount of stress, it could be very helpful for your emotional state.

Get moving and exercise

Exercise doesn't have to be intense to be of benefit. Taking the time for 20 or 30 minutes of walking every day can do your mind, your body and your emotional state a world of good.

Take time out for yourself

Sometimes there's nothing like a little bit of time out for yourself to help you re-center and relax. Read a book, take a dip in the hot tub at the gym, have a "spa day" and take time out to boost your self esteem.

Let go of the things you can't control

It's important to recognize when you can't control a situation. Rather than get angry and fall into a state of emotional turmoil, take a step back and let it go. When it comes to conflict and disagreement with your spouse, it's especially important to just let it go. You're in a legal process now and it's time to stay as objective and businesslike as possible.

Don't judge yourself if you're feeling sad or depressed

Understand that with any breakup is going to come feelings of sadness and even bouts of depression. Don't judge yourself for these feelings and patiently give yourself plenty of time to heal.

Another thing you can do in your divorce process to reduce stress is to strive for an amicable, out-of-court divorce settlement. Even if you and your spouse have some points of disagreement, utilizing a professional divorce mediator can help you overcome areas of conflict to divorce as quickly and diplomatically as possible.

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