The stress of a New York divorce may become toxic enough to make it challenging to remain focused at work. The Empire State divides marital property under equitable distribution laws, which means that the results of a divorce could possibly affect an individual’s job performance. As the cost of living rises, the last thing a person may want to think about is how a divorce could affect his or her home, children and future income.

Discussing personal details about a marriage or a soon-to-be-ex-spouse may trigger negative thoughts and feelings of anger. Dwelling on the past or what went wrong in a marriage may hinder a normally attentive individual’s ability to stay on top of meetings and work-related deadlines. According to Fast Company magazine, avoiding happy hour with colleagues and instead engaging in self-care routines may help to stay focused on growing a career. Joining a gym, fitness club or yoga group may help reduce stress and maintain a focus on the future.

Focusing on the positive

Employers and coworkers generally take notice when an individual is having a rough time with her or his personal life. While divorce is usually a life-altering event, viewing it as a time to develop positive professional and personal habits demonstrates an individual’s commitment to her or his career and personal growth. Rather than harboring despair or anger, taking up new activities that promote a positive outlook, such as eating healthy meals, exercising or developing new skills may lead to a much better work/life balance.

When an employee decides to embark on a path to improve or expand work-related skills, it may lead to a more positive discussion about a divorce with an employer. Some employment issues that a divorce may affect include adjusting an employee’s payroll deductions, health insurance beneficiaries and work schedule. Speaking with an HR representative about these matters may be a good time to discuss a promotion or another position that may increase an individual’s earnings. Depending on alimony, child support or other financial obligations, a divorce may require increasing an individual’s income.