Dealing with stress during divorce and separation

Divorce or relationship breakdown is a stressful, life-changing event and it is important to take care of yourself, as the strain and upset of your breakup can leave you psychologically and physically vulnerable.

However, there are some important things you can do to help manage this stress during your divorce or separation:

  1. Take Care of Yourself
    Eat healthily, make sure you find time to exercise, even if it’s just a short walk, with or without your children, and try to get plenty of sleep
  2. Make Time to Unwind
    Try to find time for the activities that you enjoy
  3. Connect With Others
    Share your problems and how you are feeling with the people you trust
  4. Consider Keeping A Diary
    This can be a great way to help you to express your feelings, rather than bottling things up.
  5. Talk To A Family Mediator
    A family mediation will be able to help you sort out your priorities and start the process of disentangling your once joint lives. You will be able to make arrangements for your children, your property, your finances and other important matters.

We also know that divorce or separation can also turn your child’s world upside down. Children will often have feelings of loss, anger and anxiety about how their lives are going to change. They may experience emotional and behavioural problems, and it can affect how they are performing at school. We have also put together some guidance on how you can help your children during divorce or separation which you can read here.

There are many benefits to Family Mediation which further help reduce the stress during divorce or separation :

  • Family mediation is much quicker, less stressful and usually cheaper than heading straight to court.
  • It enables you to shape long-term solutions that are in your family’s best interests.
  • The process allows families to keep control of their own destinies, instead of handing it over to courts

Our mediators can help you resolve all the practical, legal, emotional and financial issues that arise from separation. They help families make long-lasting arrangements that benefit everyone in the family, especially the children. You may be surprised at the level of agreement you can achieve with the help of our expert, experienced family mediators. Only in exceptional cases is no agreement reached. Mediation is free for those eligible for legal aid. We can help with that assessment and you may also be able to access the family mediation voucher scheme with a £500 contribution to your costs.

Our fully qualified mediators are trained in all aspects of family law. And we are the leading training providers for family mediators.

Click here for more information on how family mediation could help you.

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