Men who are going through a divorce are likely to experience a range of emotions. They may feel anger, depression, panic and intense anxiety. Compared to women, men are more likely to hide their feelings, which can make their situation even worse. During this time, men may also turn away from those who can offer support. Men may experience nightmares and crying.
A man going through divorce may have a hard time relating to other people. He might withdraw from them, but they should not take it personally. The first step to recovery is being supportive and compassionate. Give him time to heal and find his own way through the divorce. Healthy coping mechanisms can help, including exercise, meditation and waiting. Don’t try to make him feel better by pretending to understand his feelings, as he is going through a tough time and is likely to need support in order to get through it.
Divorce often leaves a man alone to think about the future and how he will handle the situation. It can destabilize his ego and self-esteem and lead to unhealthy lifestyle habits. Oftentimes, men lose custody of their children, giving them time to think about their options. Ultimately, the divorce is a painful experience, but it does not have to be a lifetime burden.
Men who are going through a divorce are often very sensitive. They may not be able to express their emotions to others. Try to focus on his needs and encourage him to open up to you. If he doesn’t open up to you right away, offer advice and support, or take him out to do something fun together. In time, he will open up and share his thoughts and feelings.