The stress and grief that accompany the divorce process take their toll on you, both physically and emotionally. In addition, the cost of getting a divorce can create financial issues for you which can be overwhelming and anxiety-producing. Other struggles include custody issues, managing your children’s concerns as well as big changes in your living situation.
Every aspect of your life is impacted by divorce, including your health. Self-care is important when it comes to maintaining your health during the divorce process and as you move forward with your life.
Eating a healthy diet also supports your health. When you’re sad or depressed, there is a tendency to either gain or lose weight. Your immune system can become compromised which, in turn, can increase your risk of getting sick. Eating three well-balanced meals each day can help to improve your mood, ease your anxiety, and ensure that you’re staying healthy during the divorce process.
Try to stick to your normal routine, especially when it comes to sleeping. Consistency is an important factor when it comes to maintaining your emotional and physical health. Most healthy adults require 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to be able to function at their best. Being sleep-deprived can increase your risk of depression and inability to cope with stress.
Getting into a regular exercise routine can help your body produce endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals of the brain, improve sleep, and reduce the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression. Find something that you like to do whether it’s walking, hiking, swimming, yoga, biking, or working out at a gym. That way, you’re more likely to stick with it on a regular basis.
Individuals going through a divorce often lack motivation to do even the simple things like getting out of bed in the morning or eating a meal. This also applies to self-care which is so critical to staying healthy during divorce.
Take preventative health measures to ensure that the increased stress, anxiety, and depression that come with divorce don’t affect your long-term health. Schedule an appointment with your family physician so he or she can take stock of your current health, make recommendations to help lower your risk of developing any serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, and help you deal with any immediate health issues.
Looking after your mental well-being is equally important. For many people going through a divorce, speaking with a qualified therapist can help to manage negative emotions and provide you with strategies to move forward with life after divorce.
During a divorce, you run the risk of becoming a victim of social isolation so keeping connected to family and friends is critical to maintaining your mental health.
Getting through the divorce process is all about healing — your body, mind, and heart. Developing new habits and establishing routines that provide a framework for healthier living will help you during and after divorce.
At Buncher Law, top attorney’s for divorce in Orange County, we’ll help guide and support you through your divorce with the goal of making your transition to life after divorce easier and less stressful.