Going through a divorce may be one of the most trying experiences of people’s lives. Even if they wanted to end their marriages, those who take this step may find themselves struggling to cope. While there is no way to predict or prevent the effect of a divorce on the lives of people in Texas and elsewhere, using certain strategies may help them to better cope and move forward.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Coping with Divorce or Separation guide, getting divorced may cause people to experience acute feelings of loss. Though everyone copes with losses differently, it is important for people to allow themselves to go through the emotions and grieve the end of their marriages.

Due to the intense emotions, they may be feeling, it is common for people to experience physical symptoms during or after a divorce. This may make them more susceptible to illness, as well as drain them of their energy. However, it is vital that people take care of themselves during this difficult time to ensure they are strong enough to handle the emotional stress of their situations.

Whether they view the changes brought about by their divorce as good or bad, people should recognize that with change comes stress. Getting plenty of sleep and exercise, eating well and finding other outlets for their stress may help people to better manage the pressures of going through a divorce.

Although they may want to be alone, isolating themselves from others following their divorce may cause people to become lonely or depressed. According to WebMD.com, finding support is important for women and men alike during and after a divorce. This may include confiding in a good friend or participating with groups of people dealing with similar experiences. People may find opening up about what they are going through helpful, and having emotional support around them may help ease some of the pain of what they are going through.