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Guarding Your Peace: The Importance of Emotional Boundaries During Divorce

Divorce isn't just the end of a marriage; it's the unraveling of a life you once knew. It is important to understand emotional boundaries are key to surviving this season of divorce.

It's messy, emotional, and downright exhausting. In the midst of this whirlwind, it's crucial to protect your mental well-being by setting emotional boundaries and putting in the work to uncover where you need to grow and learn in order to move forward.

These boundaries act as a shield, safeguarding your heart and allowing you to navigate the choppy waters of divorce with strength and resilience.

I wanted to share some lessons learned and insights. We'll delve into the significance of emotional boundaries and explore strategies for maintaining them during and after divorce.

Understanding the Importance of Emotional Boundaries During Divorce

Emotional boundaries are the invisible lines we draw to protect ourselves from being emotionally manipulated, drained, or harmed by others. They define where we end and others begin, establishing a sense of self-respect and self-care. Which, when going through a divorce, is vital. Lots of emotions, opinions, and pain, it is important to carve out space for yourself and set boundaries with those you need to.

I also took the time to dig into what I may have done or traits or patterns I brought to the relationship that needed to change in order to have healthier relationships moving forward. I realized my lack of healthy boundaries and self-understanding. I allowed myself the time and space to dig into what I really needed and what I needed to work on moving forward.

Recognizing toxic dynamics

In the midst of divorce, it's not uncommon for toxic dynamics to emerge. Whether it's constant criticism from your ex-spouse, manipulation tactics, or guilt-tripping, these behaviors can take a toll on your emotional well-being. Recognizing these toxic dynamics is the first step in setting boundaries to protect yourself. Trust your instincts – if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.

Toxic traits don't always appear as 'negative' or obvious. Trying to see things objectively during divorce is very difficult, especially if you had poor relationship dynamics before. Journal and speak with a counselor, someone who is a neutral 3rd party, to understand what is coming at you so you can heal, set-up boundaries, and gain emotional clarity.

Setting boundaries with your ex helps you heal

Communicating with your ex-spouse can feel like navigating a emotional minefield. Setting boundaries in this relationship is crucial for maintaining your sanity. Clearly define what is and isn't acceptable behavior, and don't be afraid to assert yourself if those boundaries are crossed. Whether it's limiting communication to essential matters or seeking mediation to resolve conflicts, prioritize your emotional well-being above all else.

I can't emphasize this one enough, especially if you have children together. Understand what you need and then make that clear. Hold firm to your boundaries and only adjust them if YOU feel you can and should.

Get support during and after divorce

Divorce can be isolating, but you don't have to go through it alone. Reach out to friends, family members, or support groups who can provide a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you, and don't hesitate to ask for help when you need it. Seeking professional support from a therapist or counselor can also be invaluable in navigating the emotional challenges of divorce.

I just want you to read that point three more times. Please please please do not isolate yourself. If family or friends are not supporting you or helping you in the ways you need, find a counselor or support group.

**caveat, if you are engaging in behavior that is destructive and your family and friends are trying to help you get help, please do not find people who will validate your bad choices. This is the time to seek the help you need.

Put your oxygen mask on first

In the midst of divorce, self-care often takes a backseat to the chaos and stress. However, prioritizing emotional boundaries is essential for protecting your mental health. Make time for activities that nourish your soul – whether it's journaling, practicing mindfulness, or indulging in a favorite hobby. Focus on nurturing yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and remember that self-care isn't selfish – it's necessary for survival.

Divorce is a hard journey, but by setting emotional boundaries, you can protect your mental health and emerge from the storm stronger than ever. Recognize toxic dynamics, assert yourself with your ex-spouse, seek support from loved ones, and prioritize self-care.

You will get through this season, I promise.

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