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With a divorce in the works, handle stress with these tips

When your divorce is in process, it can be complicated and conflicted. You may feel horrible about having to go through a divorce, or you might simply be tired and frustrated.

Many people have been through what you're going through now, but no two people have the same experience. Still, there are some tips you can use to reduce the emotional impact of the divorce on your mind and body. Here are three things you can do to stay refreshed, so you're better able to handle your divorce in Pleasanton when the time comes.

1. Take time away

Remember, just like your marriage, a divorce does not determine who you are. If you find yourself defining yourself by divorce, it's time to take a step away. You can take time for yourself to rediscover your interests and the things that make you happy. Try new hobbies and interests, so you are participating in things that reduce your stress.

2. Don't be afraid to ask for help

Some people feel that they should be able to handle all aspects of their divorce without help, but that's not always true. If you find that you're overwhelmed by legal documents, reach out to your attorney. If you're overwhelmed by your ex-partner's actions, turn to family or those you can trust to talk through your emotions. In the end, getting your emotions out is the best way to maintain your composure later on.

3. Be an advocate for a conflict-free divorce

Finally, remember that a conflict-free divorce might not be possible, but you can take a stand and encourage one. Talk to your friends and family about having a positive outlook moving forward. When you interact with your ex-spouse, make sure you're focused on the things you need to get done and not the mistakes that were made in the past.

By advocating for peace and conflict-free negotiations, you can take much of the animosity and frustration out of your divorce. That doesn't mean you have to agree with everything your ex-spouse says, but you should do your best to respond civilly and with grace.

Overall, the divorces people go through today are handled respectfully. Most people don't end up in the kinds of divorces you'd see on television, because they're reasonable enough to resolve their conflicts outside court. Your attorney can talk to you about ways to reduce conflict while you're going through divorce, too.

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