The decision to divorce can be a long and winding road, often taking a couple many years to come to terms that their relationship is not working. Part of the anxiety of divorcing involves the fear of the unknown. The transition from being married to being single may seem daunting and overwhelming. If you have children, that can further complicate matters, and you may worry about the toll the divorce will take on them. You likely have a million thoughts running through your head and a long to-do list as you start the next chapter of your life. Disregarding your physical and emotional health during this tumultuous time can be easy to do. However, make it a priority as you navigate this new future for you and your children. 

Focusing on the Future

A divorce has been compared to a death in the sense that it is a great loss that results in feelings of grief and sadness. This may cause you to be depressed and engage in harmful coping behaviors such as drinking, drugs, or compulsive shopping. You may overeat or not eat at all, sleep too much, or have insomnia because you are so distraught. The stress of divorce combined with lifestyle changes can put you at risk of serious health complications. Studies have shown that divorced people are approximately 20 percent more likely to suffer from life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, or even cancer. That is why it is especially important to be mindful of what you put into your body, even if it may seem like a “quick fix” or provide instant relief. 

Here are several ways to mitigate the negative effects of divorce on your physical and mental well-being during and after the proceedings:

  1. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  2. Avoid junk food and controlled substances such as alcohol or illicit drugs.
  3. Get exercise on a regular basis by taking walks or joining a gym. 
  4. Make sure to get enough sleep every night. 
  5. See a therapist or a counselor who specializes in family or divorce issues. 
  6. Join a local divorce support group. 
  7. Engage in meditation or yoga. 
  8. Try a new sport or learn a new craft. 
  9. Schedule massages, facials, manicures, or pedicures to pamper yourself.
  10. Reconnect with friends and family members. 

Contact a Rolling Meadows Divorce Attorney

Going through a divorce can be traumatic, even if you and your spouse are on fairly good terms. The end of your marriage may adversely affect your mental and physical health. The Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson has experience handling all types of divorce cases. Our compassionate Barrington divorce attorney will provide quality legal representation with the personal attention you need to reduce your stress. Call us today at 847.873.6741 to schedule a free consultation.