Are you one of many Alaska residents who will be navigating divorce in 2020? Whether your marriage lasted less or more than 10 years, the decision to file a petition in court to end your relationship may be one of the most life-changing decisions you’ll ever make. The consequences of your decision can spark high levels of stress in your life, especially if you have children. That’s not to say that divorce is automatically going to ruin your and your children’s lives.
Just as certain legal issues, such as child custody, property division or alimony might be a central focus of proceedings, it’s equally important to focus on your and your children’s emotional and physical good health. There are ways to keep divorce-related stress to a minimum. One of the best ways is to stay closely connected to a strong support network, which might include a few trusted friends, extended family members and others in your community.
Resist falling into bad habits during divorce
No two people process their emotions or handle divorce in exactly the same way. If you have several children, in fact, you’ll likely notice that each of them is coping with the situation in ways that coincide with his or her age and personality, as well as physical and emotional health condition. The following list includes bad habits that often take hold of parents or children who are coping with divorce:
- Poor eating habits are often a negative side effect of divorce that can become an impediment to your emotional and physical health. While it’s understandable you might not feel like cooking every day, or you and the kids might want to down some donuts as comfort food, it’s best to try to keep up an overall healthy eating plan because the nutrients in the food you eat provide much-needed fuel and energy to accomplish the goals you are trying to accomplish.
- What you drink is also important in connection to your health. If you are letting the kids drink copious amounts of soda, or you are imbibing in excessive amounts of alcohol, it can take a serious toll on your health and your children’s health, as well.
- Maybe the stress of your divorce makes you want to crawl under the covers and sleep the days away. Getting adequate amounts of sleep is a key to good health, but too much sleep can have an opposite effect.
- Another destructive habit you’ll want to avoid if your and your children’s good health is a top priority is living a sedentary lifestyle. Physical activity is essential to good health, so even if you don’t feel like it, it’s best to incorporate physical movement and exercise into your daily life, even if it’s just taking a few brisk walks during the day.
If you fall into a few bad habits while you’re trying to settle a divorce and help your kids adapt to a new lifestyle, don’t be too hard on yourself. Divorce is stressful, and it can take an emotional and physical toll on your health. The important thing is that you recognize a bad habit when you see one, and then do what you can to try to resolve the issue and make healthier choices for you and your kids.