How to cope with the emotional toll of a lengthy divorce process

Some top tips on how to cope

Going through a lengthy divorce process can be emotionally challenging. Here are some tips on how to cope :

  1. Seek support: Reach out to friends, family, therapists, counsellors or a divorce coach for emotional support. Talking to someone who understands what you're going through can help you feel less alone.
  2. Take care of yourself: Make sure to take care of your physical and emotional health. This can include getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, and engaging in activities that you enjoy.
  3. Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that going through a divorce is difficult. Don't blame yourself or beat yourself up for the situation.
  4. Focus on the present: Try to stay in the present moment and avoid dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness practices such as meditation or yoga can be helpful.
  5. Set boundaries: Set boundaries with your ex-spouse and others involved in the divorce process to protect your emotional well-being. This can include limiting contact or avoiding certain topics of conversation. Read our separate blog about how to set boundaries for communication with your ex-spouse during a divorce.
  6. Take breaks: It's important to take breaks from the divorce process and do things that make you happy. This can help you recharge and feel more resilient.

Remember that coping with the emotional toll of a lengthy divorce process takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and don't hesitate to seek professional help if needed.

Family mediation is a process that can help you have the discussions that need to be had to resolve the issues involved in getting divorced. It can help couples reach agreements faster than going to court and it reduces stress, acrimony and legal fees. If you would like to find out more about how mediation might be able help you sort out your divorce call us on 0800 206 2258 or email us on

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