How mediative divorce can benefit your mental health
Divorce generally brings up conflicting feelings. You may experience anger, sadness and even resentment toward your former spouse. Unfortunately, the stress from a divorce can result in long-term mental health effects.
However, if you choose mediation, you may be able to avoid some of the long-term mental health effects.
How does mediation impact your mental health?
Divorce is a significant life change that often results in grief and anxiety. During separation, you may find it challenging to find your sense of self. Couples tend to have difficulty focusing on work or other obligations. Some even struggle to maintain their interests in hobbies.
Mediation allows you to work with a third party instead of facing your spouse alone. You do not have to worry about your ex attempting to cheat you out of your belongings or assets. The point of mediation is for both parties to work together with the help of an unbiased party to make decisions that benefit everyone. When you go through mediation, you have fewer worries about the finalization and fewer reasons to feel anger toward your former spouse.
How does mediation set you up for long-term benefits?
Think about mediation as laying the foundation for your future relationship with your former spouse. When you have a combative separation, you may feel minimal closure when you do finalize the divorce. Even if you have minimal contact with your ex, the frustration and resentment from the separation can linger and lead to long-term stress. Long-term stress can trigger chronic depression, anxiety and physical health conditions.
During many divorces that make it to court end in disagreement, mediation allows both parties to agree.