Emotional self-care is extremely important for moms after a divorce. You’ll go through various stages of grief during the situation, all of which can have an impact on your mental health. Combat the emotions by taking care of yourself emotionally.
What is Emotional Self Care?
In order to take care of ourself emotionally, we must stop and think about what it is we are feeling. Once you have identified these feelings, self care allows you to move forward in a way that will promote health and wellbeing.
If emotional self care needs aren’t met, you may suffer from unresolved feelings of anger, grief, and hurt for far longer than you should. You may even develop strong feelings of confusion, overwhelmed and burn out. The latter can make the situation way worse that it was before.
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Thankfully, we have some simple emotional self care ideas to practice on a daily basis that helps with our feelings. When you start to take care of yourself in this manner, you’ll notice you feel better, have more energy, and have more a more optimistic outlook on life.
20 Simple Emotional Self Care Ideas for Divorced Moms
- Respect your emotions rather than ignoring them. It’s the only way you can truly address the way you are feeling in order to change it.
- Learn to say no more. Prevent overwhelm and sadness by declining invites you don’t really want to participate in.
- Use only positive language when talking about yourself.
- Write out your emotions in a self-care journal.
- Forget the need to explain yourself to others for the choices you have made.
- Read daily affirmations to set your mood for the day (such as our co-parenting quotes, if you are dealing with a difficult parent).
- Meditate in a quiet comfortable place.
- Develop a sleep schedule that gives your mind plenty of rest.
- Take a few deep breaths as you start to feel agitated.
- Find a new hobby that you enjoy and that makes you happier.
- Speak with a life coach or therapist about your emotional state.
- Ask for help if you need it, especially with active children or a busy job.
- Accept compliments with a simple “Thank you.” Believe what the person has told you about yourself.
- Create an uplifting playlist and listen to it every day. Good music feeds the soul.
- Do something creative every single day. Write poetry, doodle in a journal or paint.
- Practice gratitude every day, even for the smallest things in your life.
- Schedule fun outings and activities into your schedule so you have time to laugh and enjoy the company of friends and family.
- Set boundaries for yourself and those around you…and always respect them.
- Identify triggers for your emotions and learn how you can better respond to the triggers for your own mental health.
- Use a sick day when you need to rest your mind and take a break. Do it without guilt!
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Want to Learn More?
If you are interested in learning more about emotional self care, we recommend the following books below. Hopefully they can help you on your journey to a happier mind, body and soul after your divorce.
Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise YourThe Rewired Life: Creating a Better Life through Self-Care and Emotional AwarenessLet That Sh*t Go (Zen as F*ck Journals)Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life