Learning to balance work with your divorce

A divorce is an intensely emotional time for all those going through it. During your divorce, you may worry about your work slipping. How can you balance work and divorce at the same time?

Finding the right balance matters if you do not want to fail at work.

Approach your work situation strategically

Focusing on work is a good distraction from divorce for some people. However, be careful not to become too obsessed with work and drain yourself. Approach your boss or supervisor to talk about your divorce. When you tell someone what happened, he or she can help you schedule time off for court dates and hold you accountable.

If you can take time off, try to do so. Give yourself a break, but make sure you can take days off for court too. If you cannot take a break, consider working from home for a short time, if possible. After a break, you may find you have more mental energy in the office.

Prioritize caring for yourself

Dissolving the marriage can wreak havoc on your life. The whole process takes a lot of time and effort, but you still need to care for yourself in the meantime. Child custody, spousal support, and property division are all important aspects of a divorce, but you will have no energy to handle the process if you do not take care of yourself.

Set up a self-care regimen. If you find it difficult to focus on work or get through the day without thinking about the divorce, go for a walk or focus on your breathing. Decorate your desk with positive imagery unconnected to your marriage.

Whenever you feel the waves of grief for your marriage, try to think about the long-term benefits of the separation.

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