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Tips for Separating Work From Personal Divorce Challenges

When you are going through a formal separation or divorce proceeding, your life can be upended in many ways. You may find attending to your working life, in particular, to be particularly challenging. After all, you are rightly expected to leave your troubles at home so that you can be your most productive on the job. Here are some suggestions for approaching your daily working life as you and your spouse dissolve your partnership.

Partition Your Two Lives

Ideally, you can drive to work and start the day, at least, with your mind focused on the moment. You can often achieve this state by clearing your mind of concerns first. Set aside the evening after work each day to mull over your separation agreement Tampa or other related matters so that you can work through them. By formally structuring this daily task you will feel less overwhelmed and consequently sleep soundly each night, drive safely every morning and work effectively most days.

Go All-in at Work

If you do successfully separate work and home, take things a step further on the job. Totally focus on your tasks in particular and your job performance in general. Reminding yourself of the importance of your standing in the company and also maintaining a strong work effort will boost your self-esteem at a time when you need it most — especially if you feel at all powerless against your former spouse during this time.

Separate From Work

If you find you are unable to manage work duties as you should, you may need to take a leave of absence or use some accrued vacation days. Because you may have few mental and emotional energy reserves, you just might need to take time for yourself to get by. This step toward self-help can be especially important if you have young children; you should use this time to focus on their emotional needs as well.

Talk It Out

If you do need to take a leave from work, you may have to provide a reason for your doing so. However, even if you stay on the job, consider whether you should talk with a supportive supervisor, trusted coworker or both. Others may notice subtle changes in your demeanor or performance, which your allies can accommodate as necessary.

Facing challenges at work is an inevitable prospect during separation or divorce. You can avoid having problems snowball on the job if you take a clearheaded approach to managing those challenges from the beginning.

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