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Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s survival. Embrace moments of peace and self-love during the challenges of divorce.
Divorce, can summon images of turbulence, fractured relationships, and storms that threaten to pull us under. In the midst of this emotional time, it’s easy to forget the most crucial person: ourselves. Yet, self-care, often deemed selfish, is not a luxury during divorce; it’s a necessity, a lifeline.
Think of self-care not as an indulgence, but as the very thing that keeps us going. Prioritizing self-care is not about abandoning our responsibilities; it’s about ensuring we have the strength to face them.
So, how do we embrace this vital neccessity?
- Seek solace in the small moments. A steaming cup of tea before tackling paperwork, a walk in the park to clear your head, laughs with friends – these are ways to help you gain some much needed mental peace. Let them replenish your spirit.
- Nurture your body. Eat healthy meals, make sure that you do activities you enjoy, prioritize sleep – these are not indulgences, but investments in your resilience that may help you in the future.
- Don’t shy away from the emotional toll, focus on your mental health. Talk to a trusted friend, therapist, or support group. Cry when needed, laugh when needed. Being vulnerable is not the same as being weak.
- Rediscover the things that made you happy. Whether it’s painting, playing music, or losing yourself in a good book, reconnect with activities that bring you joy. They are not distractions; they are reminders of who you were and who you can quickly go back to being.
- Forgive yourself for the stumbles. The path of divorce is rarely linear and almost never easy. There will be days when self-care feels like a foreign language. Be gentle with yourself, forgive the slip-ups, and recommit to your well-being.
Remember, self-care is not selfish, it’s survival. It’s not abandonment, it’s ensuring that you have hope and that you propel yourself forward. So, embrace the moments of peace, and self-love.
You are not alone in this journey. Prioritize your well-being, navigate with courage and compassion. You are stronger than you think, and this will end sooner than you think.