In the celebrated drama “The West Wing,” President Bartlet muses that he does not “like the word “stress.” It’s a Madison Avenue word. It’s something that can be cured with flavored coffee and bath bubbles.” Like the word “stress” the word “self-care” is far too often associated with commercialization and the perception that someone’s challenges can be addressed effectively if they only take 10 minutes each day to meditate using a specific app or they treat themselves to that new sweater that they have been eyeing. Yet, genuine self-care should remain a critically important focus, especially during times of peak stress, including the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, and when filing for divorce.

If you are filing for divorce, you do not need to engage in manufactured, Instagram-ready approaches to self-care. Your time and energy are far too valuable for that. But, you do want to take good care of your mind, body, and spirit at this time. If you do not, the stresses that you are both being exposed to and are absorbing could sap your resilience, lead to clouded judgment when making decisions about your divorce process, and leave you less ready to tackle the challenges ahead of you.

How to Integrate Self-Care into Your Approach

Genuine self-care consists of efforts undertaken for your benefit, not to prove anything to anyone else. As a result, you will want to set some personal goals for yourself that will allow you to take good care of your body, mind, and spirit during this period of profound transition. Whether you commit to healthy eating, getting adequate sleep, hitting movement-based goals, seeking quiet time to reflect, and/or seeking out community support, focus on whatever it is that you need and how to integrate those efforts into your life in ways that will not cause additional stress.

Only you know what you truly need and what you must do to prioritize yourself at this time. Just remember that doing so is not a luxury. Given what is at stake in your divorce process, it is a necessity that you are taken care of and are in a position to make sound decisions in your best interests.

Contact a Compassionate Dallas Divorce Attorney for Personalized Guidance

Taking care of oneself during a major life transition is often far easier said than done. Thankfully, working with the dedicated team of Dallas, TX divorce lawyers at Clark Law Group can allow you to transfer much of the stress of the divorce process onto our shoulders so that you can focus more of your energy on yourself and your loved ones when you need access to that energy the most.

To learn more about how we can help – regardless of whether you are likely facing an amicable or contentious divorce process –  schedule a confidential case evaluation by calling 469-765-3910 or reaching out via the contact page on our firm’s website. Once our team is handling the “heavy lifting” of your legal case on your behalf, you can spend more time caring for your broader needs during this consequential time.