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How to remain sane during a divorce

Love is typically the driving force behind most couples' decision to marry. When a couple decides to divorce, however, the reasons are often numerous and complex. There is no doubt that going through a divorce is often a difficult process. While feelings associated with sadness, anger, resentment and hurt are all completely normal and warranted; it's important to find ways to move beyond these feelings and find happiness. 

Whether a couple was married for two or 20 years, their lives are likely entwined financially, personally and emotionally. If minor-aged children are invovled, the stakes and potential for disputes over child custody and visitation rights are often great. While it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the divoce process and dwell on all the negatives associated thereto, changing one's perspective about divoce can be extremely beneficial. 

Regardless of the circumstances that lead to a divorce, either one or both spouses want out of the marriage. While the idea of divorce can be difficult to grasp, especially for the spouse who may have wished to remain married, once the decision has been made it's best to keep a clear head and attempt to move on.

Individuals going through a divorce should attempt to find happiness by taking time to engage in enjoyable activities and taking care of the body, mind and soul. This type of self-care and love is especially important when there are children involved. Rather than focus on a soon-to-be ex-spouse and all the associated negative feelings, letting go and taking control of one's emotional and physical wellbeing often helps heal wounds.

Of course the advice to let go, move on and be happy is easier said than done. Divorce is a process and, for some, it's a longer and more difficult process. Individuals who are reeling from a divorce may develop problems with depression, anxiety or chemical substances. For many individuals going through a divorce, therapy is helpful in finding ways to cope.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Advice: How To Have A Happy Divorce," Dr. Llisa Kaplin, July 22, 2013

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