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Moving past depression during a divorce

Depression can occur spontaneously or in response to medication due to chemical changes in the brain, or it can also be caused situationally when difficult events occur in your life. Feeling depressed at some point in life happens to many people — it is not a sign of weakness or a marking of failure. While depression is common and can be overcome, it is still important that you seek the advice of a medical professional, since a combination of medication and therapy makes the condition highly treatable.

If you are going through a divorce and you’re experiencing feelings of depression due to this, it is important that you do not lose faith that things will get better. Going through a divorce can be emotionally intense, and you may be experiencing heartbreak, a sense of failure, as well as financial struggles. The following are some tips for overcoming depression during a divorce.

Name it and accept it

Many people know that they are struggling but do not want to accept that what they are going through is depression. This could be because of the stigma associated with depression. Make sure that you know the symptoms of depression and have the courage to admit when you are feeling low. From there, you can start to take action toward feeling better.

Keep a journal

Sometimes, depression is our mind’s way of protecting us from the negative emotions that we are experiencing. Instead of allowing the negative emotions to be experienced, the mind makes us numb to both the positive and the negative. Keeping a journal can help you to process your emotions, helping you to digest and understand better what you have been going through.

Get the endorphins flowing

Even if you don’t feel like it, making an effort to exercise can have huge benefits. Even a 30-minute walk can be enough to clear your mind and help you to feel more positive.

Make sure that you take action to plan your divorce so that you are able to feel more control over your future.