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3 ways to overcome the fear of the unknown in divorce

On Behalf of | May 24, 2024 | Divorce |

No one can predict the future. In some cases, that can be an uncomfortable reality, especially if the present leaves you facing incredible stress and uncertainty. The fear of the unknown is a real issue that many face during divorce. What can you do to manage this fear?

1. Do some research

The adage is true: knowledge is power. So, one critical way you can combat the fear of the unknown is to make sure you know what to expect. It may help to:

  • Take time to understand your rights in North Carolina
  • Research the process of divorce, including the different methods available to you
  • Speak with legal professionals experienced in family law

It is often beneficial to begin this research before you begin the process of your divorce. Arming yourself with knowledge can help you make a plan that will guide your steps forward.

2. Take one step at a time

Divorce can upend your life as you know it, and it may feel like things are spiraling out of control. There is a long list of things to do – and you do not know how anything will turn out.

It is important to note that during divorce you will have to plan for the future to some extent. Namely, you must take steps to:

  • Secure your financial future after divorce
  • Arrange a child custody agreement and schedule

Even so, you must also remember to slow down. Take one step at a time and one day at a time. Do not get too ahead of yourself, which can increase the stress you feel. This can apply to matters in your divorce proceedings, or even your daily life.

3. Care for your mind – and yourself

The fear of the unknown is a particular type of anxiety. Anxiety is not something to overlook. While it is a normal feeling and experience, persistent anxiety that interferes with your life can mean a serious disorder is developing. Even if you do not experience the more extreme symptoms of this anxiety, you should make sure you address your emotions and mental health regularly and diligently.

As we have discussed in previous blog posts, it often helps to prioritize self-care during your divorce. You should find what works for you. Some may benefit from meditation, while others may seek out professional mental health services and therapies during this time.

You may not be able to predict the outcome of your divorce proceedings quite yet. However, you do not have to let the worry or fear about an uncertain future overwhelm you.