Getting a divorce is a life-changing event and can be emotionally exhausting. Trying to do it alone is even more challenging. You need support to get through your divorce, but it can be hard to know where to find it. To learn more, read The Law Offices of Charlotte Christian and Associates’s blog.
Why do you need support?
We all need support, no matter what we go through. Having a solid support system can improve your stress tolerance, alleviate emotional distress, increase your self-esteem, and lead to a higher quality of life.
So if we need social support in general, we need it even more when going through such a difficult situation. Divorce can bring up many different emotions, even some that we did not expect! Having a sound system in place can help you work through these emotions.
Additionally, getting support can help you rebuild your life during and after your divorce. Support groups can help you find new friends, while therapists and counselors can help you recognize patterns in your own life.
It is crucial to invest in yourself by seeking out different types of support.
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What are the different types of support?
Support can look different for everyone, and what you need can change throughout your life. When going through a divorce, there are several options you can use, including therapy, counseling, and support groups.
There is no shame in therapy – in 2020, the CDC found that about 20% of adults received mental health care. Even though they may not talk about it, you likely know a few people in some form of therapy.
Therapy has a lot of benefits, as it can help you understand who you are as a person and provide you with the tools you need to handle a variety of situations. Therapists are trained to help you manage stress, regulate your emotions, build better relationships, and more.
To find a therapist, you could check with your employer to see what mental health services they provide. There are also resources like Psychology Today to help you find someone who can help. It may take some trial and error, but it is an incredible investment in yourself.
While therapy and counseling may seem similar, they focus on different aspects of your life. Therapy is a long-term process focusing on who you are as an individual, while counseling is better suited for helping you through a specific issue for a shorter amount of time.
Counseling is great for helping you understand what you are feeling and why you are feeling it, with a focus on your emotions. It can help you identify patterns in your life and give you the space to discuss how those patterns have affected you.
Psychology Today also provides resources for counselors in your area, but a simple Google search can also help you find someone you like. Again, it’s best practice to check with your employer to see what types of mental health resources are available to you.
Counseling and therapy focus on who you are as an individual, but support groups focus on building relationships with others going through the same situation. Attending these meetings can be a great way to build community and share experiences.
Divorce can be isolating, which increases negative feelings. Support groups offer a solution by providing you a space to share your story, express your feelings, and soothe any loneliness you may be feeling. It is a great way to connect with others.
Finding support groups does not have to be complicated – in fact, you can find them online! Divorce Care has groups worldwide, and Facebook has resources as well. Try searching for them through groups or events.
Don’t Do it Alone
It is critical to have a group of people you can rely on during this challenging time in your life. Support can look different for everyone, but you may benefit from therapy, counseling, or a local support group. There are lots of resources online, and likely through your employer.
You can also speak with your attorney about different methods of building support systems. After all, family law attorneys spend a lot of time with people going through situations that are just like yours. Being open and upfront with your attorney can help you through your divorce.
Getting a divorce can be daunting, but we will help you take the next step in building a better future. Connect with us online at charlottechristianlaw.com or at (256) 859-7277. Move to a brighter future with clarity and confidence.