Most people know that divorce is hard on the emotions and the finances, but not everyone is aware that it can negatively affect your health. Researchers from the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University have found that divorced people are 20% more likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other chronic health conditions than those who are still married. The increase in disease may be attributed to stress; divorce is the second most stressful event a person can go through (the first is bereavement). Neglecting one’s health during the divorce may also be a culprit.
A recent article outlines some steps people can take to shore up their health during and after a divorce. Tips include reducing conflict, avoiding detrimental coping habits like drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, balancing work and home life, taking initiative to monitor your own health, taking charge of your finances, and reaching out to friends and family for support. They also recommend getting expert help from counselors and support groups. Read more tips on how to keep healthy during and after divorce at How divorce hurts your health.
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