Going through a divorce can be both emotionally and physically exhausting; although recreation may be the least of your worries, finding some time to relax and unwind is highly important.
Performing some therapeutic activities is the perfect way to relieve stress and remain physically active during difficult times. Divorce can be financially crippling; however, these exercises require little to no investment.
The purpose of meditation is to help you relax and ‘get away’ from the hustle and bustle of life. The end goal is to experience a higher level of awareness and inner calm, no matter what’s going on around you. Performing just 20-30 minutes of meditation each day can be highly beneficial.
Choose a quiet, peaceful environment – literally anywhere that is away from distractions, be it a walk-in closet, garage or even an office. Turn on a water feature or play some calming music to drown out any background noise.
Put on some comfortable clothing and stretch out; you’ll be sitting in a single position for a long time, and without warming up, your muscles could become very tender.
Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight, legs crossed and hands by your knees. Close your eyes and concentrate solely on your breathing. Meditation takes some practice and you probably won’t reach a state of complete calm the first couple of times you try it.
To make things easier at the start try visualizing objects or places – such as flowers or sunny beaches. Concentrating on one thing alone will help you remain focused on the task at hand.
Yoga can significantly decrease stress and reduce anxiety; in addition, it improves flexibility, strength, balance and stamina. There are various types of yoga, each with their own benefits. While some focus more on breathing and the spiritual aspects, others may focus more on strength building or stress relief.
Divorce can hinder your social life, especially if you shared the same friends as your spouse. Joining a yoga class can be a great way to meet new people and socialize. While you may not be in the mood for too much social engagement, it can certainly help to keep your mind off things.
Tai Chi is a self-paced, non-competitive series of movements, many of which are based on ancient martial arts. The purpose is to help you relax and heighten your level of concentration; however, it’s also very healthy for your joints and flexibility.
Like yoga, once you learn the basic movements of tai chi, you can practice it alone; however, you must attend classes to ensure you’re doing everything correctly. Tai chi is often favoured by the elderly and people who are recovering from sporting injuries.
When you’re in the middle of a divorce, it can be difficult to find time to focus on anything other than the legal procedures; but remember that your health and well-being should always take precedence.
If you ever feel overwhelmed, just take a break. Try to give yourself at least one hour per day to focus on yourself. Therapeutic activities can help guide you through the process and balance your stages of grief to prevent it from becoming too overwhelming.