Getting a divorce can raise different concerns, but if you are struggling with loneliness and a sense of isolation, it is especially important to focus on your mental health during and after your divorce. Many people feel isolated when it comes to the end of their marriage, but you should know that you are not alone.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the divorce rate in 45 states and D.C. was 2.9 per 1,000 people during 2018. Put another way, over 782,000 couples in these states ended their marriage over the course of 2018.
How can divorce lead to isolation?
Ending a marriage can give rise to feelings of isolation in different ways. Some people feel isolated from their children, even if they are able to secure custody or visitation rights. Moreover, some people have a hard time adjusting to life without their former spouse. Getting a divorce can also create problems with respect to family members, friends and acquaintances. The social impact of divorce is very hard in some instances and this aspect of the divorce process is often overlooked (even though it can have significant consequences with regard to daily life).
How can you work through negative divorce-related feelings?
There are different ways you can work to reduce negative feelings such as isolation and loneliness. If possible, reach out to friends and relatives for support, as well as online communities that offer guidance. Consider picking up a new hobby, not only as a way to meet new people but take your mind off of divorce-related hurdles. Moreover, you could benefit from discussing your circumstances with a mental health professional.