A study scheduled to be published in the September issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, analyzes data from nearly 9,000 adults nationwide, ages 51 to 61, and finds those who had been divorced or widowed suffered 20 percent more chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer, than individuals who were currently married.
I always encourage people going through a divorce to seek counseling to help them deal with and process the emotional issues that come up during divorce. According to the new study people should also have a doctor on hand.
Staying in touch with your family doctor, going for a check up will help stem off illnesses brought on by the stress that accompanies divorce. If you have a history of high blood pressure it makes sense to make sure that the stress you are experiencing during your divorce does not exacerbate the problem doesn’t it?
Below are a few articles that will help you navigate the divorce process and come out on the other side with your health intact.
- Dealing With the Stress Generated by Divorce
- A Healthy Diet Relieves Divorce Stress
- Nine Tips for Taking Care of Yourself During Divorce
- Four Ways to Keep Anger From Causing Physical Illness During Divorce
- How to Work Through the Grief of Divorce
- Surviving the Holidays While Surviving Divorce
Here is the kicker to the new study; remarriage will not reverse health problems caused by divorce. If you do not take care of yourself emotionally and physically and develop chronic health issues finding new love isn’t going to mean better health.
What better reason to take care of yourself during divorce? You want to go into your next marriage or relationship healthy, vibrant and able to get the most from the relationship and life.