How to Cope with Anger and Sadness When Going Through a Divorce

Divorce is tough. Aside from the legal and financial implications, you’re likely experiencing a roller-coaster of emotions that can leave you feeling lost and overwhelmed. It is natural to experience anger and depression on this journey, but that doesn’t mean they have to dictate the course of your divorce process. Let’s explore how to navigate through these challenging emotions with grace and resilience.

Cope with Anger Sadness

Anger is a natural response to the loss and upheaval of divorce. It can stem from a variety of sources. These include past grievances, feelings of betrayal, or frustration with the circumstances. Here’s how you can address it:

Embrace Your Feelings: It’s okay to feel angry. Acknowledge and accept your emotions without judgment. Recognize that anger is a sign that something important to you needs attention. It doesn’t have to control your actions.

Seek Support: Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, or professionals. They can lend an empathetic ear. Consider working with a divorce coach. They specialize in managing emotions and resolving conflict.

Focus on self-care: Engage in activities that help you release pent-up frustration or promote relaxation. Figure out what you need in the moment and make self-care a priority. Our clients have told us they’ve tried everything from rage rooms to meditation. For you it may be intense physical activity, yoga, spending time in nature, journaling, or other mindfulness exercises.

There are different levels of sadness, all of which can cast a shadow over your divorce journey that makes it difficult to see a way forward. It’s important to understand whether your sadness is situational or whether you are suffering from depression so that you can do what is needed to best address your mental health during this difficult time.

Seek professional support: Don’t hesitate to reach out to a therapist or counselor who specializes in divorce-related issues. Therapy can provide a safe space to explore your emotions. You can also develop coping strategies and work through underlying issues.

Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself. Divorce is a major life transition, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Practice self-compassion and remind yourself that it’s okay not to be okay.

Recognize the symptoms of Depression: Depression manifests differently for everyone. Common signs include persistent sadness, losing interest in activities, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and feelings of worthlessness. If you experience these symptoms for an extended period of time, it could be clinical depression and you should not hesitate to seek help from a medical professional who can properly diagnose and treat you.

Consider non-adversarial methods for your divorce. Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce focus on cooperation, minimizing conflict, and promoting amicable resolutions.

Explore Collaborative Divorce Options: Collaborative Divorce allows you and your spouse to work with collaboratively trained professionals who are committed to keeping you out of the court system and helping you to reach mutually beneficial agreements. This cooperative approach prioritizes open communication, problem-solving, and the preservation of a working relationship (which is of major importance if you have children together).

Surround yourself with a multidisciplinary team of professionals: A team approach to your divorce includes lawyers, financial advisors, and mental health specialists. These experts provide guidance, support, and expertise that is tailored to your unique needs.

Focus on the future: It’s important to address present emotions and challenges. Keep your sights set on the future. Visualize the life you want to create after divorce. Then, take proactive steps to move towards that vision.

Navigating through divorce-related anger and depression is a journey that requires patience, self-awareness, and support. Seek professional help and explore collaborative solutions. At Vacca Family Law Group, we have seen the harm that a litigated divorce can have on mental health and that’s why we always encourage clients to consider Mediation or Collaborative Divorce first. Call us at (646) 798-4603 or contact us online to find the divorce solution that’s right for you.

Vacca Family Law Group is located at One Grand Central Place, 60 E. 42nd St., Suite 764, New York, NY 10165.