Going through divorce can create all kinds of strong emotions. You may feel everything from guilt and anger to confusion and relief. Navigating these complex feelings can sometimes feel impossible.
Because of the emotional instability you may experience, you might feel tempted to act irrationally at times. Knowing how to control your emotions and why it is so important to behave with integrity can help you to maintain your dignity regardless of your ex’s actions.
Avoid ongoing legal trouble
Getting revenge on your partner may feel like the right thing to do, but acting out is never a smart idea. Deception, disrespect or blatantly breaking the law can only damage your reputation and could result in legal repercussions. Some behaviors to avoid include the following:
- Hiding assets
- Draining joint bank accounts
- Posting belittling messages on social media
- Engaging in violence
- Vandalizing personal property
Participating in illegal or harmful behavior can also slow your divorce and could jeopardize your settlement. Allowing yourself to move on and choosing to act civilly and amicably can make a substantial difference in how successfully you cope with your divorce.
Take control of your future
Divorce can take its toll on your mental and physical health, no doubt. According to U.S. News, relationship conflicts, disagreements over child custody, career stress and financial uncertainty may all contribute to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and depression. When you give into these strong emotions, you relinquish control. Working with a therapist may enable you to discover healthy coping mechanisms so you can process your feelings in a productive manner.
Keeping your emotions in check gives you more time and energy to focus on building your future. Your effort may also encourage your ex to follow suit so a satisfactory settlement can follow.