Between the stress of making many life-changing decisions all at once and the necessity of dealing with family issues, divorce can place an unprecedented strain on a person. Self-care is crucial to safely release the pressure, preserve energy and avoid burnout.

However, people under significant strain may turn to methods of self-care that are unhealthy and/or detrimental to the divorce process. The following guide explains which self-care methods are beneficial and which are better to avoid.

Harmful practices to avoid

According to Forbes, a person going through a divorce should be careful about posting to social media and may want to avoid it altogether. Ranting about one’s soon-to-be-ex-spouse to a network of sympathetic followers may be cathartic in the short term. However, public social media posts are admissible as evidence during divorce court proceedings.

It is not necessary, and may not be beneficial, for a person going through a divorce to spend a lot of money on self-care. A shopping spree or spa day may make one feel better in the short-term, but the effects may be only temporary. Divorce self-care means adopting a series of helpful habits that need not and should not be very expensive.

Beneficial habits to adopt

According to Psychology Today, a person going through a divorce should adopt a holistic approach to self-care. In other words, one should adopt habits that nurture one physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. All of these aspects of life influence one another. For example, improving one’s physical health also elevates one’s emotional, spiritual and mental health. Therefore, practices that strengthen the mind-body connection, such as yoga, can be particularly beneficial.

Divorce is not something that anyone should go through alone. One should surround oneself with supportive friends and family members, scheduling quality time to spend with them, while cutting out of one’s life any negative or toxic influences.