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Tips For Practicing Self-Care During Legal Separation


Self-care might be the last thing on your mind during a legal separation. It is important during this time because, even for a less-than-messy separation, you want to make good decisions.

Here are a few ways you can prioritize self-care during a legal separation.

1. Sleep well.

Sleep hygiene is very important for your mental and physical wellbeing. You know how to make sure you are getting a good night’s rest. Make a conscious effort to go to bed and wake up at a healthy time.

You should also be careful of naps. Sleeping too long during the day is not a good idea. If you are a regular nap taker, make sure to keep them scheduled like normal.

2. Eat healthily and exercise, maybe.

Nutrition and physical activity are both as essential to your wellbeing as sleep. Even if you don’t feel like leaving your home, because you’re worried about who you might run into, go to the grocery store. It is a small errand you can run to stop yourself from getting too isolated.

It’s also a good excuse to wear something other than pajamas — even if you are just using the online pick-up service.

Your exercise routine can be as simple as taking a short walk. It might be a good idea to take up or learn a physical activity you are not familiar with. Have you ever considered learning how to play racquetball? Or maybe it’s time to get that bike you have in the back of the garage tuned up.

3. Find someone to talk to.

This one might seem obvious. It is so important we’re adding it to our list anyways. The last thing you want to do during your legal separation is to become isolated from your friends and family.

You might not want to spill all the details of your legal separation to every friend you run into. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their company. If you have a trusted friend, one you know you can confide in, ask them to talk. If you don’t have anyone in your life that you would consider for this, you may consider seeing a talk therapist.

4. Stop yourself from getting any tattoos or buying a boat.

When you find yourself in a vulnerable place, acting out might seem like a good escape. Remember, this legal separation isn’t the end of the world — it might be the beginning of something great.

You may even consider seeking the help of a financial advisor. Especially if you were not in control of the finances during the relationship.

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