How to Cope
COPING WITH A BREAKUP OR DIVORCE
It’s never easy when a relationship ends. Whatever the reason, whether you wanted it or not, the change can be unsettling and painful. There are some things that can help you to get through this difficult time. When a relationship ends, there is often a feeling of loss. Breakups can disrupt your routine, home life, social relationships or even your identity. This uncertainty can create anxiety or depression. Reaching out for support through the grieving process can be critical to healing after a breakup or divorce. You might feel like isolating yourself, but this will only make it more difficult. Don’t try to get through this on your own. Connecting with people who have been through painful breakups or divorces can be helpful.
Here are some tips for reaching out to others for support:
• Spend time with people who support and energize you
• Take time out for yourself
• Get professional help if you need it
• Cultivate new activities or friendships
• Make time for self-care
• Pay attention to what you feel and need
• Take time out to grieve
• Avoid use of drugs, alcohol or food in excess to escape “feeling”
• Explore new activities
In times of emotional crisis, there is an opportunity to grow. Consider this period a special time for learning to make better choices and heal. Please feel free to contact me at 805-390-8180 for the extra professional support that you might need during this difficult time.