Divorce takes us through all of our emotions. The process of getting a divorce can make us feel like the world is ending. The years of emotional investment that you have placed into someone all comes crashing down in a heartbeat. Not to think of the potential financial concerns that may arise after sharing essentially everything with your significant other.
One of the most difficult things about divorce is that even though it would seem like your whole world is caving in. The whole world does not stop to console you. Life continues and you have to stay swimming with the current no matter how emotionally difficult this may be.
In the following article, we share five ways that can help you stay focused at work during this hard time.
Have a support group outside of work
Being that you already probably spend at least 40 hours a week in the office it is good to make sure you have support groups outside of work. This can be your family or a close group of friends. Regardless of who this group may be, however, it is important to be able to confide in others outside of work. It helps relieve emotional stress whether it may be someone just to listen to you or someone that can help you with small tasks such as picking up the kids from school.
Let your supervisor know what is going on
Although we mention having a support group outside of work, it is still good for your immediate supervisor to have a general idea of what is going on.
Your supervisor may be able to assist you with scheduling flexibilities. Also, there may be support services within your human resources department that you are not aware of.
Keep messages and phone calls at work strictly work related
While you are at the workplace make sure to stay focused on the tasks at hand in the office. It is very easy to be distracted due to the stresses in your personal life. However taking phone calls and messages while on the job from you ex-significant other will do nothing but cause more stress.
Stay busy or take on more tasks
One of the most difficult things when going through a divorce is having idle time. When you have the excess free time it is easy for your mind to wander. Taking on more tasks at work helps keep you busy and your mind distracted. Also by having goal-oriented tasks to complete you will have a sense of accomplishment as you complete each one.
Remember to keep your health in check. It is very common for those of us going through a divorce to not eat, drink or sleep right. This ends up having the opposite effect on us and makes us feel worse.
By filling your body with nutrients and continuing to exercise you give your body the best chance of feeling good. There is no need for you to add stress on yourself. Remember to take your breaks at work, eat your meals and stay hydrated.
We know divorce is a difficult time for all of us. We hope some of these tips will help you stay focused and continue to prosper in the workplace.