Undoubtedly, there is a lot to take care of in a divorce, including informing your Washington employer, breaking the news to your kids and figuring out a new living situation. Be sure you schedule time to sit down and deal with the many thoughts and emotions swirling in your head during this time.

To help, Mental Health America offers healthy ways to deal with the psychological impact of divorce. As you get your life in order for the next chapter, be sure you do the same for your mind.

Practice kindness and patience

Throughout the entire divorce process, be sure you extend yourself kindness and patience. Household chores, work and social obligations may fall to the wayside for a while, but try not to be too hard on yourself if they do.

Know that your feelings are valid

You are bound to have a swirling storm of emotions bottled up inside. Rather than only recognize such feelings, while that is a good place to start, it is better to examine them and bear in mind that conflicting emotions are normal during such a life upheaval. Know that the storm will pass.

Reach out to people

You may feel embarrassed or ashamed about divorcing, which can make you withdraw from family and friends. Fight this urge. It is best to reach out to those closest to you and allow them to act as a support group and emotional safety net.

Avoid arguments when you can

Divorce often brings out the absolute worst in people. Recognize that arguing and intentional cruelty get you nowhere. Focus on the big picture and setting yourself up for success post-divorce.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.