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How to Process the Grief After Divorce

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Even though a relationship is coming to a close, it is possible to move on and live a fulfilling life when all is said and done. As you go through this challenging time, it’s important to have your family and loved ones by your side, as well as family attorneys who can advocate for your best interests. Get in touch with Petrelli Previtera, LLC today to learn what we can do for you, and read on to discover the best methods of processing your grief after a painful separation.

Sit With Your Feelings

It’s normal to feel highs and lows as the days go on, as well as cycle through a variety of emotions. You may feel relieved that you are free from a toxic situation. The next moment, you could be angry that the relationship had to end the way it did. Confusion, sadness, resentment, frustration — these are all normal. Identify what you are feeling and acknowledge it as part of the healing process. This may be painful, but it will help you move through the grieving process.

Discuss What’s Going On

No matter how hard it may be to discuss your feelings with others, it’s essential to find a way to talk about how you’re doing. Connecting with friends and family who understand your pain will make the process easier and help you feel less alone. If you don’t feel ready to share your emotions, start a journal to release some of your pent up feelings.

Think About the Future

At the end of the day, moving on is the goal. Absolutely express your feelings as they arise, but do your best not to dwell on the negatives or over-think about what could have been. It’s easy to get trapped in resentment, but this will only steal your joy and keep you from progressing toward a brighter future. Instead, think about the new future you have ahead of you. You will need to grieve the loss of the future you had planned, but you can also take this time to feel inspired about where life can take you now. If you had navigated your life around your partner previously, you now have the freedom to make your own path. New dreams will soon replace your old ones.

Recognize Symptoms of Depression

Grief is normal and happens to everyone, but after some time, the sadness will lessen. However, if you don’t feel you are making any progress in the weeks following your divorce, you may be experiencing depression instead of just sadness. Please consider finding a therapist to guide you through this experience and help you see the positives.

Take Care of Yourself

It’s important to ensure you are looking out for yourself during this time. Start small by making a little time each day to schedule an activity that you enjoy or find soothing. For some, that may be going for a walk. For others, it could mean taking a fitness class they have always wanted to try. Explore what helps you feel happier and make time to do it every day. Also, don’t forget to meet your physical needs. Healthy habits tend to slip away during tough times, but we encourage you to still eat nutritious meals, get plenty of sleep, and schedule time to exercise. Taking care of your body can help your mind feel better as well.

Grow and Learn

While there is much to grieve, there is also so much room for reflection and growth during a painful breakup. While you may feel pessimistic about the future, we are sure that will change. This period of your life should be considered a pause and a redirection with you in charge of where you will go next. Emerge from this experience with knowledge, confidence, and self-empowerment. As tough as it is, you will need to understand what happened and what role you played in the divorce. Once you learn, you will be able to avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

Turn to Us for Help

When you are ready to complete the legal details of your divorce, turn to the team with your best interests at heart. At Petrelli Previtera, LLC, we do all we can to ensure you feel confident and protected in your future. From your assets to custody concerns, we represent you through all aspects. Get in touch with our team today to get started.

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