Empowered Divorce Thought Leader: Beverly Price
Divorce is not just a legal process; it’s a personal journey that reshapes your life in profound ways. Here we talk about strategies for navigating divorce challenges.
Pains Of Divorce:
When I asked my husband for a divorce, I thought I would instantly be free, happy and filled with strength. I quickly learned that was not the case.
As a woman going through this transformative and challenging phase, I experienced a whirlwind of emotions, physical changes, financial concerns, and mental health struggles. This journey is deeply personal, and it’s essential to acknowledge and address the various impacts it had on my life. If you are going through this, I want you to know that you are not alone, and there is nothing unusual with you if you are experiencing these pains too.
“You may be feeling a rollercoaster of emotions – sadness, anger, frustration, and sometimes relief.”
Here’s a closer look at what I learned about the pains of divorce, and some strategies for navigating divorce challenges with resilience and hope.
You may be feeling a rollercoaster of emotions – sadness, anger, frustration, and sometimes relief. These feelings are a natural response to the significant changes in your life. You’re not just losing a partner but also confronting the dissolution of shared dreams and plans. If you have children, you might also be grappling with concerns about their well-being and the guilt of how the divorce might affect them. Remember, it’s okay to mourn, feel angry, or even feel relieved. Allow yourself to experience these emotions; they’re a crucial part of the healing process.
Your body reacts to the stress and emotional turmoil of divorce. You might be experiencing sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, or new health issues. Chronic stress can impact your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses. Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of your physical health. Prioritize sleep, nutrition, and exercise. Simple activities like a daily walk or yoga can significantly impact your physical and emotional well-being.
The Financial Strain From Divorce:
The financial implications of divorce are often a significant concern. You might be dealing with legal fees, the division of assets, or adjusting to a single income. This can be especially daunting if you were not primarily managing finances during your marriage. Take the time to understand your financial position. Seek advice from financial advisors, and create a budget that suits your new circumstances. Remember, regaining financial control is a step towards independence and empowerment.
Divorce Can Bring Mental Health Challenges:
It’s common to experience mental health struggles such as stress, anxiety, and depression during divorce. The uncertainty and changes can feel overwhelming. Consider seeking support from a therapist who can offer guidance and coping strategies. Joining a support group or talking to friends who have gone through similar experiences can also be comforting. You’re not alone in this, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Consider the following to help move forward during this tumultuous time:
“Your journey is unique, and how you choose to move forward is entirely in your hands.”
- Coping Strategies Embrace Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself. Acknowledge your strength in facing these challenges.
- Build a Support Network: Lean on friends, family, or support groups. Surround yourself with people who uplift you.
- Engage in Activities You Love: Rediscover old hobbies or explore new interests. These can bring joy and a sense of accomplishment.
- Plan for the Future: Set personal goals. This can be an empowering way to look forward and rebuild your life.
- Prioritize Your Well-being: Your physical and mental health should be your top priority. Self-care is not selfish; it’s necessary.
Your Journey Is Unique:
As you employ these strategies for navigating divorce challenges, remember that this is a phase of transformation. It’s about closing one chapter and beginning another, filled with opportunities for personal growth and happiness. Your journey is unique, and how you choose to move forward is entirely in your hands. With the right support and strategies, you can emerge from this experience stronger and more resilient.
About the Author:
Beverly Price, MBA, Certified Divorce Coach®, podcast host, and Founder of Her Empowered Divorce, combines divorce and empowerment coaching to provide education, support, and insight to guide women from beginning to end of the divorce process, and to conquer its emotional, technical, financial and logistical challenges and fears.
She coaches women through the ups and downs and grow from self-doubt to self-love quicker, with less pain, more knowledge and more support than she had. She has a personal history with divorce, co-parenting, domestic violence and more. Combining her personal experience with her training, professional certifications and business knowledge, she can help women by supporting them along their journey, helping them to work through resentments, time management, communication, overwhelm, fear, sadness and shock. You can schedule a complimentary consultation with Beverly at https://www.herempowereddivorce.com Check out this Meetup group for support on Zoom for separated, divorcing, and divorced women https://www.meetup.com/womens-divorce-and-empowerment-group/