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Separation & Stress: What Can You Do?

Separation is a difficult time and it is very normal to feel stressed and upset. Separation & Stress go hand in hand. Finding ways to manage these feelings is an important part of moving on and recovery to feel better about yourself and your situation. When you need a fresh start, talk to one of our separation lawyers.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to know if you’re feeling is normal or something that you should get help with during separation.

Are you suffering under the stress of separation?

  • Feeling overwhelmed?
  • Having trouble concentrating?
  • Irritable or anxious all the time?
  • Having difficulty sleeping?
  • Feeling moody and easily frustrated?

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms then you might need to get help or make changes to your day-to-day life and break up the routine for something new.

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It is important to remember that stress is normal, but if you feel stressed all the time and have been living with these symptoms for a while, it can lead to depression and other mental health issues in the future. Beware of the danger signs.

What can you do?


mackay separation to look after yourself

Learn about your stressors and put changes in place to avoid them

Overuse of alcohol or medications usually make the situation much worse

Operate in a positive way with a positive mindset

Keep focusing on the good, even in difficult situations

Accept the things that cant be changed, and change those that can

Find some time to relax

Talk to a friend, family member, or a professional (such as your Doctor)

Eat healthy meals

Realise that with time, things will eventually get better

You can make a list of everything you enjoy doing

Ordinary is OK, lower the bar slightly

Understand your body and when it needs help

Realise that there are only so many hours in a day

Seek the assistance of a Doctor or counsellor

Energise with gentle exercises like a walk, jog, or bike ride

Look for ways to alter the situation and adapt to the stressors your face

Find a way to break your bigger goals into smaller steps


Mostly, keep in mind that you can’t give your best for your kids if you don’t look after yourself too!

Who can help with your separation stress?

If nothing seems to help, maybe it’s time to speak with someone about how you are feeling.

If you’re not comfortable talking to a friend or family member, then making an appointment to see a counsellor or doctor may be your best solution.

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There are also a number of organizations that offer support and advice to Australian’s feelings of emotional stress.

LIFELINE   www.lifeline.org.au   13 11 14
BEYOND BLUE   www.beyondblue.org.au    1300 224 636
MENSLINE AUSTRALIA   www.mensonline.org.au    1300 789 978
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS    www.dva.gov.au    1800 55 254
FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS ADVICE LINE    www.familyrelationships.gov.au    1800 050 321
KIDS HELPLINE    www.kidshelp.com.au    1800 551 800
HEADSPACE    www.headspace.org.au
REACH OUT    au.reachout.com

Other organizations that may provide services in your area include Anglicare, Centacare, Interrelate, Relationships Australia, Uniting care Australia and Uniform.

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