4 Tips to Help Deal With Divorce Without Affecting Your Work
There’s no getting around the fact that divorces are stressful. Even an amicable divorce may entail mediation and court hearings, the division of assets, and agreements regarding custody and child support.
When you’re dealing with a lengthy or contentious divorce, though, it can be even more challenging to juggle the demands of the proceedings with your daily obligations. Aside from causing scheduling hiccups, that can easily impact your mental well-being and even your physical health, which can then go on to affect your performance at work.
With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you cope with the difficulties of divorce while staying on track at work:
Talk to Your Boss
If you anticipate that mediation or court hearings will take place during work hours, you’ll need to let your boss know what’s going on so you can get that time off approved in advance.
However, you may also need breaks if you start to feel overwhelmed in between those events. By voicing your concerns with your boss, you may be able to earn some latitude to step away from your desk should the need arise.
You could also speak with your HR representative to find out what your options are in terms of handling your stress at work, and as a last resort, you may be able to use vacation or sick leave as a means of taking a mental health day.
Keep a Schedule
When your life is in turmoil, it can be hard to keep track of all the details, but that’s where a scheduling app can come in handy. Even a simple calendar app can help you stay on top of your personal and work-related obligations, which can help alleviate stress. You’ll ensure there aren’t any overlaps and be able to set notifications and reminders for yourself so nothing slips through the cracks.
Disconnect During Work Hours
Today, most jobs require employees to be continuously connected to a phone, email, and even social media pages in some cases. Be that as it may, that doesn’t mean you have to be on-call for your spouse or lawyers during your workday.
If you can’t totally disconnect to focus solely on work, simply ignore personal communications until your workday is over. Doing so will help you to concentrate on work and remove the stress of juggling personal and professional concerns simultaneously.
Modern life is stressful enough, but when you add divorce proceedings on top of all of its stressors, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. You need to take time to care for yourself so you don’t burn out. Try to stick with a healthy diet and exercise routine, and set aside time to connect with your loved ones and plan activities you enjoy. You may also want to speak with a therapist if you’re struggling with anger, anxiety, or other difficult emotions.
Support for Your Needs During a Divorce
When you inform your workplace about your situation, use time management tools, set boundaries, and practice self-care, you have the best chance to keep up with work while you go through a divorce.
If you need legal guidance and support during your divorce, contact the qualified attorneys at Gucciardo Family Law today to schedule your free consultation.
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