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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the occasion has been receiving lots of needed attention in the media with thanks to the backing of Prince William’s new campaign along with many celebrities, charities and businesses voicing their concerns over the UK’s mental health.

 

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. We know that depression doesn’t discriminate and many people from different walks of life can experience depression at any given time. However, people that are going through turbulent times, such as divorce or separation, can often suffer from stress, anxiety or slip into depression.

 

A break-up or divorce launches you into uncharted territory – often people feel lost as their future plans have been altered, they are worried about finances, they are unsure what their living arrangements will be or how the children will cope. A lot of uncertainty can make people feel anxious and scared.

 

The end of a relationship is undoubtedly going to be a stressful time but it is important to recognise and act on feelings to avoid struggling to cope or manage day-to-day life.

  • Be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up over having a bad day or struggling to keep calm. If you can’t face the mountain, climb the hill instead. Praise yourself over small achievements and keep going.

 

  • Have some ‘me’ time. Going for a walk, exercising, getting lost in a book or taking a relaxing bath can all help give you some time to reflect and unwind.

 

  • Write it down. If you are struggling to sleep or stop the racing thoughts take time to write down what is on your mind. This can really help get things off your chest, particularly before you go to sleep.

 

  • Talk it through. It is important not to bottle up your emotions and keep them to yourself. Hopefully you have a good friend or family member who is there to support you. Perhaps you may feel more comfortable talking to a Family Consultant or Counsellor.

 

  • Seek the help you need. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help if you need it – whether it is through your own support network, community groups such as a divorce recovery workshop, or if you need some advice from your GP or a professional counsellor. There are people ready and waiting to support you and help you get through this.

 

It is important to realise what is usual grief or a period of stress and what feels like a bigger mental health issue. Getting the help and support earlier will really help you re-focus on your future.

 

Going through a divorce will require you to communicate with your solicitor, complete paper work, attend appointments and perhaps court hearings. Therefore it is important that you are looking after yourself so that you can function, understand and get the best outcome for your family.

 

It is not uncommon for men and women to experience ‘post-divorce depression’ once all the paperwork is done and they start to move on with their lives. It is important to seek help, talk about your feelings and be kind to yourself as you heal.

 

Our divorce solicitors and family lawyers at Lamb Brooks are experienced in working with clients going through stressful times and are here to support you through the journey.

 

For further information on the legal aspects of divorce or separation then please get in touch with our compassionate Family Law Team today on 01256 844888, email enquiries@lambbrooks.com or interact with our online chat and someone will be in touch.

 

 

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice.  The law may have changed since this article was published.   Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.