3 Ways Practicing Yoga Increases Self-Care during Divorce (An Attorney’s Perspective)
The process of divorce can be emotionally draining and traumatic. Divorce can increase stress, irritation, lead to a short-temper and even depression. As an attorney who has been practicing law for over 20 years, I have seen the benefits of yoga for myself and many of my clients. With all the stressors surrounding a divorce, it is not uncommon to forget about the importance of your personal self-care. Using yoga and meditation to aid in the self-care process can prove very beneficial both physically and mentally for someone going through a divorce.
Here are 3 ways you can use yoga to increase self-care:
- Live in the Moment
When practicing yoga, the idea is to spend 30 minutes or more being present in the moment. This practice teaches you how to be completely aware of your body and inner self, even during the most stressful of times. Living in the present moment can help the divorce litigation process become less stressful. Reduced stress can lead to you making better decisions related to issues of divorce and the children.
- Decreases Stress
When practicing yoga, begin to incorporate movements with your breath. In fact, focused breathing is one of the best ways to decrease stress in the body and mind. Breathing is an important practice to learn as it can aid in helping you to not react so quickly in frustrating situations dealing with your divorce. Not reacting impulsively -or with -anger can be very helpful on a variety of levels during the divorce and the litigation process.
- Increased Self Care
Divorce can create feelings of insecurity, doubt, and a decreased sense of feeling deserving of the best that life has to offer. Yoga can help you learn to feel more comfortable in your own skin and help you recognize your self-worth. As you take time to do yoga, you are taking time to be mindful and center. This level of peace and self-care helps you to see the bigger picture of what you want out of life. Being able to see the bigger vision you have for your life can help you to not fall into the trap of arguing over irrelevant matters during the divorce process, which can reduce the timeframe for divorce by weeks, even months in some cases.
Yoga increases healthy living and is a great start to a positive self-care routine. Do not wait to begin caring for yourself until after the divorce is final. One of the best things you can do is begin caring for yourself before and during the divorce process in order to reduce stress, stay in the moment and reduce reactivity. If you do not reduce your reaction to emotional “triggers” during divorce, this may assist with reaching an amicable and equitable settlement with your spouse. Although your divorce may still be difficult, arriving to an equitable settlement agreement early on in the divorce process will save you a substantial amount in attorney’s fees and costs and can reduce the emotional trauma associated with divorce.
The Law Offices of Patricia Palma has 21 years of experience in Marital and Family Law. If you have questions regarding the divorce process, contact The Law Offices of Patricia Palma, P.A. at 813-258-3211 to make an appointment to discuss your case in detail.
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