By: Michelle L. Searcy
Divorce can often create stress, anxiety, and even depression. If you are going through a divorce or are even contemplating it, uncertainty about the future is bound to affect your mental health. You may experience fear and anxiety about your income, your property, and your children. Different people react differently to all of this stress. The range of coping mechanisms spans healthier tactics, such as healthy eating and exercising to more risky behaviors, like excessive drinking or spending. Regardless of your personal style of coping, you will need to make crucial, potentially life-altering decisions in the process of a divorce.
You will need to be able to evaluate offers, determine whether and on what terms to counter-offer, or whether to present issues for the court to decide. Stress, depression and anxiety do not only affect the way you feel, but also the way you think. They can cloud your judgment, making it more difficult to make the best decisions possible. Poor decisions may not only affect the outcome of your case, but increase your legal costs. Thus, you may find it helpful to identify your level of stress, and then, determine how best to address it.
Psychology Today published an excellent article in 2012 titled “Where are You on the Divorce Stress Scale?” An honest assessment of the effects of divorce-related stress will help you determine how best to cope to allow you to make forward thinking, productive decisions. The Psychology Today article included excellent suggestions for coping with stress. Other resources are also available, such as the Jane Collingwood article on Psychcentral.com, Reducing the Stress of a Divorce. Continue reading