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A pen can help you cope with divorce

If you are going through a divorce, you might wonder how you will make it. Your emotions may be all over the place. Maybe you cannot fathom a day without your children. Or maybe you feel like you want to make your soon-to-be ex pay for what they did. At the same time, you might think about what you could have done to make things work.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your situation, there are things you can do to help you cope with your pain, regret and fear. Putting a pen to paper is one of them.

Writing can be healing

Mental health practitioners often incorporate writing into therapy sessions. Writing might be helpful in interpreting your experiences and wide range of emotions. The challenge to think about your thoughts as you write them down may contribute to improvements not only in your understanding of your situation but also in your general health.

What you might write about

When focused in the right direction, writing can be cathartic throughout your divorce process. As you work through your thoughts and feelings, things you might want to consider could include:

  • How you feel
  • Changes that you find difficult to accept
  • What you are thankful for
  • What lessons you have learned

Whether you struggle with letting go of things that you and your ex accumulated throughout your marriage, grieve what was or are angry about your choices, writing can help.

While the written word will not change the outcome of your property division or child custody dispute, it might help you come to terms with the end of your relationship. And in many cases, that is an essential part of a settlement.

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