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Strength comes from struggle. When you see your struggles as opportunities to become stronger, better and wiser, then your thinking shifts from “I can’t do this” to “I must do this”. T. Sorenson
Going through a divorce can feel like living through an earthquake. Your basic foundations of self, home and family are often shaken to their core. In the chaos you watch your past dreams and realities crumble. In the aftermath, you experience “aftershocks” as you begin the task of rebuilding a new life based on your new realities. The tremors keep coming as you deal with the changes in your home, your finances and your family.
It comes as no surprise that the divorce experience can bring a high level of stress that can take a real negative toll on our minds and bodies.
Our minds can go into overdrive to cope with all of the major decisions we need to make. Anxiety, fear, anger and confusion cloud our thinking at a time when we are making major life decisions. We can judge ourselves very harshly and unfortunately, people around us sometimes heap on the blame too. Peace of mind under these circumstances seems totally elusive.
Our bodies respond to the heightened stress with heightened tension. Our head throbs, our heart aches, our stomach churns and we can’t sleep at night. We gain or lose weight in an unhealthy manner. There can be a strong temptation to self-medicate our minds and bodies with pills and alcohol which can make matters even worse.
The timing varies for everyone, but at some point, we gradually begin to feel the dust settle a bit. Some of the time and energy we used o survive the earthquake is now available to work on building a new life.
We can squander that energy by doing nothing or masking it with unhealthy habits. We can also isolate ourselves and “go it alone” ……..or we can decide to take the steps we need to take to grow stronger, wiser and happier.
The first step is to connect with people who understand what we are going through and can offer us their both support and practical guidance.
At Alpha Center, we are working on gathering together the right people and best programs that can help you build the new and better life you deserve. Please click on the mYDivorceRx logo below to learn more.