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Get through your divorce with these tips for coping with stress

As many Massachusetts residents know, divorce and stress are often a package deal. Divorce causes stress because it interrupts your day-to-day operations, and there are a range of new feelings to experience and confront. You are no longer on that same schedule you were when you were married. You are single and on your own.

Fortunately, no one has to be trapped by post-divorce stress. There are ways to cope with the feelings of stress that you may be feeling after your divorce. The transition to living life on your own can be difficult, but it is a transition that can be made easier if you know how to deal with the feelings that you are experiencing -- whether it involves stress, anger or sadness.

should have done this or could have done that. Likely, nothing can fix the situation, so there is no good reason to dwell on the past. Everyone has their own set of flaws, and you can benefit by learning from that relationship and moving on with your life -- especially to ensure the well-being of any children involved.

You're starting a new chapter in your life. This means it is time for new and improved things. If you are single with no kids, this would be a great opportunity to go back to school or indulge in one of your passions. If you have kids, create some kind of activity -- even if it's just chores -- at home that you can do as a family. This takes a load off you and helps make your children feel they are helping you with your transition.

Last but not least, talk with your friends and family. It is better to avoid keeping your emotions bottled up inside you. They have the potential to bubble over one day, and it is far better to open up and share how you feel; you may be amazed at how much lighter you'll feel afterwards. Dealing with divorce is no walk in the park, but it can be easier if you know how to deal with the stress rather than just setting it aside for another day.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Stress: 3 Ways To Deal," Dr. Ann Gatty, June 28, 2012

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