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Houston Attorneys Advice on Avoiding Depression During a Divorce

One of the most stressful things in life is going through a divorce. It can affect your job, your children, your routine, even your pets. And unfortunately, it leads many people (men and women both) into depression. If you are starting to feel down in the dumps because of everything going on with your divorce, know that it does get better. In the meantime, try these tips that Houston family lawyers recommend for beating depression during divorce.

Don’t Follow the Exact Same Routine

Naturally, separation from your spouse creates changes in the way you run your life. You might have had set days to go to the grocery store, set times to go to the gym, etc. The routine has probably changed, and it is important to remember that this change is a positive thing. More than just passively accepting the differences in routine, try to embrace them. Add new plans and new experiences to your daily ritual, and write down scheduled days in your planner for special activities. Sign up for a new class, find a new favorite restaurant, or make a new tradition with your kids. Not only will this new schedule take your mind off the old one, but it will give you something to look forward to.

Re-Organize Your Life

No, this does not mean you have to ditch all the friends that you had when you were married. However, your divorce attorney will recommend that you take this time to prioritize your daily life, know who your real friends are, and only spend time with people that make you happy. This organization also includes taking stock of any clutter in your house. By going through any of your spouse’s stuff that may still be lingering in drawers and shelves, boxing it up, and getting rid of it, whether that is dropping it off at the local thrift store or at his or her doorstep, you are allowing yourself to acknowledge that that part of your life is now over. This allows you to create space in your life and in your home for new items.

Try and Stay in the Moment

Living in the past can be extremely damaging to your emotional well-being, and can lead to depression. In order to allow yourself to move forward, your family lawyer will recommend staying present and living in the moment. If you are having a bad day, or if you start to think back to times when you were married, take a deep breath and say, “it will get better.” If necessary, distract yourself with a book, or with a hobby. Living for the moment will be healthier not only for you, but for your children as well, and ultimately, give everyone involved a better quality of life.

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