Divorce is a painful process, no matter your situation. Despite the emotional challenges of divorce, you may want to find ways to end things on as positive a note as possible.

You may find yourself in a situation where you disagree with dissolving your marriage. However, it is important to remember that there are some things you can do to ease your transition from married life to that of a single person.

Three steps to reduce stress during divorce

No matter the reason you and your spouse are divorcing, and regardless of the anger you may be feeling, focusing on the negative aspects of your situation can make things more difficult. Once you reach the decision the marriage cannot be repaired, you should focus your energy on taking care of yourself throughout your divorce proceedings.

Some things you can do to reduce the trauma of this difficult process include:

  • Determine the traits you wish to exemplify. Once you decide how you want to govern yourself throughout your divorce, you can remain true to yourself by acting accordingly.
  • Recognize the importance of self-care. Ending your marriage can be both physically and emotionally draining. While it may feel like fighting to get what you deserve consumes your life, taking care of yourself by eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, exercising and seeking support can provide the strength you need to navigate the divorce process and prepare for the next stage of your life.
  • Consider holding a ceremony. You probably won’t celebrate the end of your marriage in the same way you began your life together, but recognizing the end of this chapter in your life can help you embrace what was as you leave it in the past.

While one part of your life changes, focusing on the person you want to be may not only help you release the past, it can also empower you to embrace whatever your future holds.