The impact of divorce on your health
While some studies have shown that divorce can be hard on your physical health, researchers have found that the effect may be short-lived. According to a study that tracked the relationship statuses of participants over many years, divorce may not be quite as bad for your health as previously thought.
The new study found that people who had been through a divorce were generally just as healthy as those who had remained in stable marriages and that the quality of the person's relationship was also a factor in the person's health. While the study did find that those who divorced and then entered into a relationship afterward had better health than those who divorced and remained single, researchers found that being in an unhappy marriage presented a higher risk to your health than a divorce.
It's easy to understand why going through a divorce or separation could have a negative impact on your health. These are often very emotional times, and some of the emotional effects of divorce include increased degrees of anger and sadness. Many also have trouble sleeping, which can have a very large impact on overall health.
While getting a divorce will never be one of the happiest experiences a person can go through, there are some things you can do to help the process go as smoothly as possible. One of these is to seek counsel from a family law attorney.
When you are going through a divorce, everyone wants to tell you their experiences and give advice, but only an attorney can give you an accurate understanding of how the laws apply to your case and help you understand your options. Being fully informed and having a plan of action can help you feel more prepared and decrease your overall stress levels.
Source: The Guardian, "Divorce not bad for your long-term health, study suggests," Nicola Slawson, June 11, 2015
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