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(HealthDay News) -- About half of marriages end in divorce, says the American Psychological Association.
Though the end of a marriage often unleashes a flood of difficult emotions, it is possible to have a healthier breakup.
The association provides advice for a healthier divorce:
- Be kind and compassionate to yourself and your former partner.
- Try not to think of the breakup as a battle. Consider mediation.
- Cooperate and communicate with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse.
- Pick a calm time to write down a "script" of what you want to discuss.
- Talk things through with a psychologist.
- Tap into your support network.
- Stay well with healthy eating, exercise and hobbies.
If children are involved, the APA suggests coming up with a plan with your spouse and presenting it to your children together. Keep lines of communication open and give your children time to adjust.
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