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Most people have a reputation to uphold in their community and group of friends. In the age of social media, the way the world views us has become more important than ever. Many of us are concerned about online or offline gossip, or about the way our personal lives could affect our career or our reputation in our professional or social life.

If you have divorce on the horizon, you may be feeling particularly vulnerable and worried about the future. This may cause you to ruminate and think about the worst-case scenario. While this isn’t the best way to think about your situation, it’s a normal way to try to protect yourself from the perceived danger of uncertainty. You may start to imagine what people may say about you when they learn of your divorce, or the friends that may disown you.

It’s important to always try to keep a level head, even if you do feel that these are legitimate worries. The following are some tips for effectively managing your reputation during a divorce.

Social media is not the place for sharing personal things

Many people start to use social media as a place to express their innermost emotions, including anger, turmoil and heartbreak. Others try to uphold the image of a picture-perfect life. If you are going through a divorce, it’s ideal if you are able to avoid social media altogether. At the very least, you should refrain from posting anything relating to your divorce. This could not only harm your reputation but also the settlement outcome.

Don’t add fuel to the fire

Certain actions can help to fuel gossip and rumors. If you want to keep these at bay, then do not insinuate things about your personal life at work, or give away clues about your impending divorce.

The earlier you take action to put in place a divorce strategy, the better prepared you will be to manage your divorce and uphold your reputation in the best possible way.