Perhaps, some people claim that they experienced a sooth divorce that didn’t take a toll on their mental and physical well-being. Truth be told, most likely, this is an exception to the rule rather than a frequent occurrence.
Usually, things are different: most divorcing people feel devastating during the process and are put to struggle with lots of health issues even long after it is complete. No matter whether you are one of those who strive for divorce or those who unwillingly agree to file for divorce, the chances that you will have some health problems are high. Read on to learn more about the risks a divorce process may pose to your health.
Your emotional well-being
It is normal if you feel disappointed, sorrowful, or quilt. Even though these emotions are extremely unpleasant, they are natural given your situation. You don’t need any meds to cope with them; moreover, you should go through a gamut of these emotions to develop your mental toughness. However, if you take a breakup so badly, you are very likely to feel sick at heart.
To get through this tough time without detriment to your mental well-being, let your family and closest friends look after you. If it is already three weeks since you have got depressed and it seems like a feeling of relief is not coming any time soon, seeking professional help is the right thing to do. Your GP may want you to take some meds to manage your depression more effectively.
Most divorcing people complain of insomnia. In this case, they feel very distressed. Long sleepless nights along with a devastating feeling of not belonging make things even worse. As a result, chronic fatigue makes every stage of the process feel much harder than it is in reality: you feel your strength oozing away with each divorce form you fill out, every decision you make, etc.
To cope with trouble sleeping, try using some natural sleep aids such as chamomile, valerian, and melatonin, reduce your caffeine intake and walk for a while before bedtime regularly. If after all of these you still don’t sleep well, ask your doctor to prescribe you sleeping aids and use them as per doctor’s prescription.
It is normal if you suffer from physical symptoms of stress in the middle of the process. At the very least, whether or not you are the one who strives to get divorced, you may be concerned about many issues:
- whether you can sustain yourself financially;
- how to cope with all your problems alone;
- what place you are going to live in;
- how to co-parent after the divorce, etc.
This is a very hard time, and having a particular amount of stress is inevitable. To de-stress yourself, develop an effective stress-relief strategy:
- Live an active lifestyle. Start your every morning with regular exercise. Think about joining a dance class or gym. If you like getting engaged in outdoor activities, try to cycle or hike. Walking your dog in a park sounds like a great solution, too.
- Meet your friends as often as possible. If it is impossible to go out with your closest ones regularly, then call and text to them every time you feel that intense despair takes you.
- Keep a diary where you can share your feelings, be they positive or negative.
It is crucial for your well-being that you are optimistic and sociable; however, having some time alone and doing what brings you much pleasure can also help you do well health-wise. Many people who badly want to get over divorce as fast as possible often find themselves discovering new hobbies, going to evening classes, and so forth. Understand that you must spend your every free minute productively. Don’t let despair and despondence fall over you.
Very often, it happens that after a breakup people get out of control with their eating habits. When they are upset they either forget to eat in time or gorge a heavy meal. In a nutshell, what they do has nothing to do with healthy eating.
Take note that you will feel even more miserable if you decide to go without food. Moreover, the lack of fiber, vitamins, and protein will make you feel unwell and weak. As a result, you will have more chances to get cold. So, no matter how difficult your situation is, remember to eat a balanced diet. Never forget that eating well makes you feel well.
What about alcohol? Many adults drink occasionally. But when it comes to divorce, some of them develop a harmful drinking habit. If you feel that it becomes harder and harder for you to control your alcohol consumption, it is time to look for other ways to relax, reduce stress, and switch off.
A few drinks enjoyed in the company of friends can cheer you up with no doubt. However, drinking alone and compulsively will do exactly the opposite: alcohol dependence is associated with mental disorders, high blood pressure dangers, and, of course, an alcohol-related liver disease.
Many divorcing people often feel washed-out at some point. For this very reason, they have frequent colds, suffer from upset stomach, experience odd pains, have headaches, and so forth. If this happens to you too, then it is recommended to find someone who has already been through what you are dealing with right away.
You will probably learn that this person has suffered from the same emotional instability and health disorders that you are going through today. This knowledge can help you gain more confidence and realize that the current symptoms are temporal, and they will vanish as soon as everything gets back on track. However, if any of the mentioned problems bother you for a while, contact your doctor immediately.