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Can divorcing a narcissist improve your mental health?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2023 | Divorce |

Everyone knows that a divorce can be mentally exhausting, especially if it is highly contentious. However, in some situations, getting a divorce may actually reduce your stress levels and improve your overall well-being.

Despite the initial grief and pain involved in your decision to divorce, there are significant psychological benefits to be gained.

Self-care is vital during this time

Living with a narcissistic partner can be mentally and emotionally draining. They often manipulate, belittle and bully their spouses to maintain control. Furthermore, narcissists are notorious for gaslighting, a technique used to confuse their spouse and sow seeds of self-doubt.

Deciding to divorce a narcissist is a brave first step as the divorce process can be challenging. They may react with rage and play the victim. This is why self-care is crucial during this time. Here are some strategies to consider:

  • Strengthen yourself emotionally by seeking help from therapists or support groups.
  • Knowledge is power, so understanding how your spouse will react can help you prepare.
  • Have a family and friends support network to provide comfort and reduce feelings of isolation.
  • Practice resilience by maintaining firm boundaries.
  • Don’t feed into their drama. Try to stay calm and composed and focus on your well-being.
  • Take the time to do things that bring you joy.
  • Remember the three pillars of good health: plenty of sleep, a healthy diet and exercise.

While the divorce process can be challenging and emotionally taxing, it ultimately leads to a life free from the constant stress and manipulation of a narcissistic spouse. It might be a tough decision, but it could also lead to a brighter, healthier future.


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