Take Care of Your Health When You Divorce

Medical studies over the years have proven that marriage is good for the health. Married partners tend to be more proactive about their own health, and tend to have a better support system with the spouse looking out for them, than single partners of the same age. Married people tend to live longer, have fewer major complications and tend to be overall healthier than their single counterparts.

Unfortunately, a new study by the University of Chicago reveals that just as marriage can have a positive impact on health, divorce can have a negative impact on health. Divorce is a big emotional stressor, and that translates to the physical effects of stress on our fragile human bodies. Further, the physical effects of stress can last for years; far after the emotional stress of a divorce has faded.

This study underlines the vital importance of taking care of your health when you divorce. Many people use a divorce as an excuse to eat better and exercise, and this is a very positive course for newly-divorced individuals. Other people may lapse into a depression after a divorce which can cause them to neglect their health, but it’s vital to be proactive about health and avoid this lethargy following a divorce.

  1. Eat healthy.

First and foremost: eat healthy after your divorce. It may be tempting to splurge on ice cream and cookies to help you feel better and fill the emotional hole left by divorce, but resist the temptation. Poor diet can lead to a host of medical complications, whereas eating healthy helps you feel better and is ultimately more likely to lead you out of a depression than trying to stuff it with unhealthy foods.

  1. Exercise regularly.

Not only is exercise a vital component of a healthy regimen, but it releases endorphins that make you feel happy and more energetic. Regular exercise can help you along the road to recovery far better than sitting around watching television or a movie. Most people don’t get enough exercise, so make sure you are meeting your exercise goals and requirements, and don’t be afraid to hire a personal trainer or consult a professional about your exercise goals.

  1. Manage your stress.

Finally, you must find healthy ways to manage your stress. Stress has a lot of physical manifestations that can ultimately lead to poor health. High blood pressure, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite; all of these can stem from stress. Again, don’t be afraid to consult a professional for help with handling stress, because staying healthy after your divorce should be one of your highest priorities.