Divorce can be exhausting mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. Your entire family may feel as if they have been put through the wringer after a divorce, and minimizing the negative effects on you and your children are your top priority. You cannot counteract the negative without being aware of it, and many facing divorce are unaware of how to care for their health as they deal with the emotional upheaval that often accompanies the end of a marriage.
Anxiety and depression are common
Two of the most common side effects of divorce are depression and anxiety. During a divorce, most find that anxiety levels shoot through the roof. There is so much uncertainty and insecurity about the future, and suddenly you are facing a future on your own without a partner to help you make important decisions, pay the bills and plan a future.
The end of a marriage can also make you feel as if you have failed at something important. Whatever contributed to the divorce can also cause depression, particularly if your self-confidence or self-esteem were destroyed by abuse or an affair.
Along with depression and anxiety, insomnia is a very common side effect of divorce that may have a negative effect on your health. If you have trouble falling asleep because you have a lot on your mind or you are nervous for the first few months after a divorce, the problem may resolve itself. If it continues for several months, you may want to seek help.
Excessive weight loss or gain
Everyone deals with an overabundance of emotion in different ways. Some choose to eat their feelings while others have a hard time keeping anything down. Regardless of how you deal with stress and emotion, drastic changes in your weight can be harmful to your health. Food can quickly become a comfort that soothes you during divorce, but if the impulses are not controlled, the weight gain or loss can also add to the depression you feel.
Researchers from the University of Utah believe that divorce can increase your risks of developing heart disease by at least 20 percent. In this way, divorce is heartbreaking in an entirely new light. The researchers also found that women are more likely than men to develop heart disease after a divorce.
Limiting the harm done by divorce
While divorce is rarely a fun process, the stress and emotion can be minimized on your end if you are protected and represented by someone with your best interests in mind. When you do not trust your emotions to help you get what you deserve out of your divorce, we encourage you to turn to an attorney for support.