Breakups are hard, there’s no getting away from that fact. They’re especially difficult when they involve an entire family because it’s not just you and your ex-partner to think about, there are also the kids to bring into the equation. The truth is that ending a relationship is never easy, regardless of whether you’re the one who ended the relationship or the one who was broken up with.
The worrying thing about breakups is the fact that if not dealt with effectively, the impact of a breakup can find its way into every aspect of your life, potentially causing some serious problems for everyone involved. That’s why, it’s so important that you know how to approach the situation that you now find yourself in, so that it doesn’t spiral out of control and cause all sorts of far-reaching problems.
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Wondering what steps you can take to do that? Below is a guide to some of the simple ins and outs of dealing with a breakup in a healthy and proactive way.
Be open and honest about how you’re feeling
One of the worst things that you can do after a breakup is bottle up how you’re feeling. It doens’t matter if you’re the one who initiated the breakup or was broken up with, you’re most likely feeling pretty miserable right now, which is, of course, a completely normal way to be feeling. But instead of bottling up your feelings, it’s important that you actually confront the feelings that you’re having in an open and honest way.
There are lots of ways that you can deal with these feelings, from talking to a friend about them to journaling about them. It doesn’t matter how you confront and deal with them, just as long as you are open and honest about how you’re feeling, and don’t bottle things up.
Speak to a therapist
If you’re finding the breakup difficult to cope with, then it might be worth taking the time to seek out a therapist who can help you to better navigate the situation that you’ve found yourself in.
By taking the time to speak to someone in a professional capacity who understands how you might be feeling, and can offer insight and support, you can give yourself the best chance of actually resolving any issues that you might have, or factors that could cause issues for you going forward.
A therapist should be able to offer you insight into how well you’re coping, what strategies you could use to improve how you’re feeling, and how normal everything going on is for you right now. Knowing that what you’re going through is normal, can help to make the coping process feel a whole lot easier.
Get legal support if required
You might also want to think about getting any legal support that you might need to better deal with the situation that you’ve found yourself in. The concept of getting legal support can feel like a scary one, but the reality is that it’s an extremely common step that occurs in most breakups, especially marital breakups. So, it’s not something that you need to worry or feel badly about.
This legal support could mean seeking out a specialist divorce lawyer to help get the divorce proceedings started, if you’re thinking of filing for divorce, that is. Or, legal support could mean speaking to a domestic violence lawyer if there are allegations or concerns around domestic violence. The key is to find the type of legal support that matches your specific needs and put that support in place.
Give your children the support that they need
If your breakup doesn’t just impact you and your ex-partner, if it also impacts your children as well, it’s important that you give your kids the care and support that they need to navigate their new reality.
It’s important to remember that breakups are really difficult for children as their whole world changes, and these kinds of life events can leave them feeling upset, angry, and confused. So, making sure that they have the right support in place is vital for them now, as well as for their wellness in the long term.
As part of offering your children the support that they need, it might be wise to contact their school to let them know what’s been going on, in case your kids act out or behave strangely while in class.
There you have it, a guide to how you can ensure that a breakup doesn’t end up ruining your life.