The time during a divorce can often have you and your ex-spouse both feeling overwhelmed and stressed. One particular part of divorce that may make you feel this way is discussing important child custody topics.
Learning more about how to manage your stress can help you both to successfully communicate.
Take a step back
According to Psychology Today, knowing when to walk away from a discussion can allow you both to avoid saying or doing something you may regret. It is also helpful to have a way to release stress in your free time, such as a hobby, that you can do when you feel yourself struggling to keep calm.
Avoiding arguments in front of your children is an important goal. In order to do this, you may want to consider doing deep breathing exercises before or after a conversation.
When you review what you want to say before meeting with your ex-spouse, you can think seriously about what to include in your parenting plan. This plan contains ideas and rules for how you and your ex-spouse will handle the health and schooling of your children, along with other important topics.
Being prepared for this discussion or any other one can help you avoid a large amount of stress while thinking about the future.
Reach out to others
If you need a third party to be present in order to avoid arguments, finding someone to help you can reduce the stress you feel as time goes on. Whether you want to reach out to a professional or a close family member, taking the time to discuss your feelings and thoughts can help you as you go through the custody process.