Prioritize self-care. Divorce and separation are difficult losses and create great amounts of stress on your body and mind. Schedule daily exercise, eat well, and get plenty of sleep to keep yourself healthy.
Be patient with your friends. With divorce and separation, friendships are altered. Some friends feel that they need to “pick a side” of the couple. Try to tap into your patience and empathy…your breakup is likely tough on your friends as well.
Protect your kids. If you and your partner have children together, do your best to decrease their exposure to your conflict. Watch your language when speaking of your ex so that your kids don’t hear hurtful and damaging messages about the other parent.
Seek support. Connect with others who can relate to what you’re going through. Make sure to find positive, uplifting people who can shore you up through this transition. Support groups and individual counseling or therapy can be other places to find help.
Divorce and separation are often rife with difficult emotions. This list of suggestions, while not comprehensive, is a place to start.