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3 Tips For Dealing with the Emotional Strain of Bankruptcy

We’ve all had a stressful day at work or rough day at home with the kids or a huge pile of paperwork that makes us wish we were somewhere else. But these days are normal. Filing for bankruptcy is a different level of stress than a “normal” day. Bankruptcy is a process designed to solve a problem that (in most cases) took decades to create. For many, it is the most stressful situation they’ve ever found themselves in – even knowing that the end result will bring them more relief than they’ve ever known.

If you are petitioning for bankruptcy or considering petitioning for bankruptcy and you feel it is hampering your quality of life or hindering your ability to manage your other affairs, there is something you can do about it. You don’t have to suffer through bankruptcy. The trick isn’t to suffer through until you get your bankruptcy discharge – the trick is to deal with the emotional strain so that you can look forward to receiving your final discharge and enjoy your new start.

How to Deal with Emotional Strain and Stress During Bankruptcy:

  1. Accept What You Are Feeling: Many going through a bankruptcy describe it as a major sense of loss. Before you can deal with this type of emotional upset, you have to accept that you’re feeling that way. So if you are having difficulty dealing with bankruptcy, remember that you could be going through the class stages of grief – and don’t forget that one of the stages is denial.
  2. Talk to Somebody: You’re probably already working with an experienced bankruptcy attorney in your area, but in addition to your legal representation, you need somebody you trust that you can talk to about your bankruptcy. Don’t keep it a secret from everyone that knows you. You need those people to be there for you and assist you in dealing with the emotional side of the bankruptcy process. It could be a friend, family member, teacher, church leader, etc. Just make sure you have someone to turn to that you feel comfortable sharing your feelings with.
  3. Recognize Bankruptcy as a Solution: For many, the emotional distress of bankruptcy is nothing in comparison to the emotional stress of chronic debt and financial struggle. Remember this when you are coping with feelings of doubt or inadequacy in relation to your decision to file for bankruptcy. In many instances, bankruptcy is not only the best solution for your financial trouble, but the best solution for your mental health as well. The best thing you can do? Recognize it as just that – a solution to stop the constant struggle.

If you still have questions or concerns about bankruptcy and how it could help you in your situation, please get in touch with Westgate Law. We have experienced southern California bankruptcy lawyers waiting to discuss your options with you.

About the Author

Justin Harelik

Justin has a singular goal: to get people out of financial distress and move them to financial stability and prosperity. He does this by combining 15 years of in-depth experience in bankruptcy, credit management, debt negotiation and student loan modifications, and he does it with both English and Spanish-speaking clients.

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