The decision to end a marriage is a life-altering one that usually comes only after all other possibilities are explored. For some people, a divorce is a joyous event because they’re getting out of a bad situation. What they don’t realize is that they’re going to still have to deal with some negative emotions.
It’s always best to work through emotions as they occur so they don’t become overwhelming. Learning about some of the emotions you may experience could help you to deal with them better.
What are some emotions you may feel?
You may feel shocked that your marriage is actually ending. There might be a bit of sorrow over the loss of someone to share your daily successes and challenges with. You may also feel sad about missing out on some favorite traditions.
If you have children with your ex, you may be concerned about what life will be like for them now. They’ve always had both parents in the same house, so you’ll need to help them with the adjustment. At times, you may feel guilty about divorcing.
It’s possible that you may have some regrets about things you did in the marriage. There isn’t much you can do about them, so it’s usually best to avoid thinking about that type of stuff. Instead, focus on building a life you can enjoy.
While stress is to be expected during a divorce, you can do things to reduce it. One of these is to understand your options and what’s happening with the divorce. Your divorce support system should include professionals who can assist you with determining your options and course of action throughout the case.