Divorce can be a challenging time for everyone involved, but it does not have to become overwhelming. It is important for divorcees to keep their home life as normal and healthy as possible during this transitional period to provide stability and security for themselves and any children.
Here are some key ways you can improve your home life during divorce:
1. Set Aside A Day Dedicated To Family Time
It is very easy to submit yourself entirely into divorce proceedings; however, divorce itself should not be the primary focus of your life. Even if your divorce involves intense legal battles, you should set aside at least one day each week that is dedicated completely to family or alone self-care time. This day may include going out on a picnic with your children or by yourself, taking them to the park, walking alone in nature, or sharing a home-cooked meal at your house.
If you have children, don’t forget that the divorce will affect them as well. Be sure they have an outlet to express their feelings and concerns about divorce and help ensure that they do not feel overwhelmed by the divorce. Remember: your divorce does not have to be the main focus of their lives either.
2. Renovate Your Space
Changing up your space is a great way to improve home life during divorce because it gives you something new and interesting to focus on. Suppose you are renting out your old house after divorce. In that case, getting new furniture and different paint colors for your new place may help you feel happier and more energetic in general (plus, it will make your divorce transition smoother).
If you are selling your old house, then redecorating and renovating your new space is a great way to get ready for settling into that space. For example, you go furniture hunting, set up a new home office, or completely paint your new place if you feel like starting fresh.
3. Establish Your Support System
Consider taking at least one hour every day by yourself to focus on your self-care. You do not have to become an introvert once divorce proceedings begin; however, spending time alone every day helps divorcing individuals maintain their own unique identity after divorce (and remain happy and healthy throughout the entire process).
Spending at least one day every week away from divorce proceedings (with your children or on your own) is also important. You should not spend all of your time at the divorce lawyer's office; instead, doing everyday things like going to the park or grocery shopping can make divorce feel less daunting.
After divorce proceedings begin, you may also want to establish new and different connections with some of your friends and peers. Make sure to surround yourself with supportive and helpful people during this transitional period in your life.
If you are going through a divorce and looking for an attorney who can handle your divorce proceedings, please contact us. Our offices are open, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you.