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7 ways to minimise stress during separation

Stressed woman

April is National Stress Awareness month, dedicated to spreading awareness about the causes and ways to manage stress effectively. Divorce is known to be the second most stressful life experience, impacting our physical and mental well-being. In light of this, we aim to guide our participants through practical strategies to reduce stress and maintain a sense of balance in their lives.

At The Worcester Family Mediation Practice, we understand the emotional challenges and complexities that come with a separation or divorce. Our experienced and compassionate team is here to support and guide you through this difficult process right from the beginning. We believe that it is possible to have a ‘good’ divorce emotionally, and we have outlined seven ways to make your separation less stressful:

7 ways for a more positive separation

  1. Prioritise Communication: Open and honest communication is key during a separation. Make an effort to have constructive conversations with your ex-partner, focusing on mutual respect and understanding.

  2. Seek Support: Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, or professionals who can provide emotional support during this challenging time. Our team at The Worcester Family Mediation Practice can signpost participants to additional support services.

  3. Take Care of Yourself: Self-care is crucial during a separation. Make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation, whether it’s exercise, meditation, or spending time with loved ones.

  4. Focus on the Future: While it’s important to process your emotions, try to shift your focus towards building a positive future for yourself. Set realistic goals and envision a new chapter in your life.

  5. Consider Mediation: Mediation can be a valuable tool in resolving conflicts and reaching amicable agreements during a separation. Our mediators at The Worcester Family Mediation Practice can help facilitate productive discussions and find solutions that work for both parties.

  6. Stay Flexible: Remember that the road to a smooth separation may have twists and turns. Stay open to compromise and be willing to adjust your expectations as needed.

  7. Practice Gratitude: Despite the challenges you may be facing, try to cultivate a sense of gratitude for the positive aspects of your life. Gratitude can help shift your perspective and promote emotional well-being.



Navigating a separation or divorce can be emotionally draining, but with the right support and mindset, it is possible to make the process less stressful. By prioritising communication, seeking support, taking care of yourself, focusing on the future, considering mediation, staying flexible, and practicing gratitude, you can approach your separation with a sense of resilience and positivity.


By selecting the right process, families can retain control and make decisions collaboratively taking account of your family’s priorities. For more help and advice please see our Emotional Support page in our Resource Library


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