Divorce is rarely a walk in the park for most spouses. Ending a marriage is a major decision and the stress that ensues from going through the process can distract you and interfere with your ability to be productive at work. It is essential to do what you can during this time to ensure that your personal life does not disrupt your professional life. We compiled some tips that will help you overcome these emotional obstacles.
Getting Through the Day
One of the best first things you should do once you are certain your marriage has come to an end is to inform your boss. You are not required to do this, but your boss might extend a little understanding if he or she is aware of the events transpiring in your life. That said, you should not explain why your marriage is ending. Instead, only discuss how you expect your divorce to impact your work. For example, if you need to take time off to attend court or a mediation session, your boss should know this to better accommodate your schedule, if possible.
Here are some additional tips that will help you remain focused at work:
- Do not tell everyone: Although it is helpful to tell your boss about your divorce, it is not helpful to tell too many of your co-workers about it. Otherwise, they will likely bring it up and ask about its progress or how you are feeling. Discussing your feelings outside of work with friends or family can be helpful, but it is far too distracting at work. You might feel depressed for the rest of the day after talking about your spouse.
- Redecorate your desk: It might seem insignificant, but if you have too many mementos on your desk that remind you of your spouse, you will have a difficult time focusing on the task at hand. Remove anything that reminds you of your marriage or your spouse and replace it with items that inspire better, more productive feelings.
- Take a break: If you are overwhelmed with sadness, anger, or any other divorce-related emotions, take a break to clear your mind. You could go for a quick 5-minute walk, or tune out by listening to a favorite song of yours for a few minutes.
- Work hard: When people are overcome with grief or emotion, a go-to response is often to take on additional tasks and to work harder. Devoting yourself to your job is a great way to take your mind off things for a while. However, during your off-hours, take some time to work through your emotions, so you can heal in a healthy way. You might even want to consider hiring a therapist to develop the right tools to cope with this situation.
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If you are getting a divorce, the team at Casey, Simmons & Bryant, PLLC understands that this must be a difficult time for you. We are committed to helping clients navigate this process as smoothly as possible and protecting their interests.
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