Regardless of how old you are, divorce has an impact on your health. As you age, these health effects may be more severe.
According to U.S. News, most gray divorces occur between the ages of 50 and 64. While the benefits of leaving an unhappy marriage include financial autonomy and increased life expectancy, you do have to pay close attention to your health.
Health problems associated with divorce
When going through a divorce, you may experience depressive symptoms. Psychological distress symptoms may include:
- Loss of interests
- Muscle aches
- Change in appetite
While going through stress and anxiety due to divorce, you may find yourself unable to sleep or exercise. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, this can exacerbate your conditions. Some divorcees begin to isolate themselves. When you isolate, you increase your chances of adverse health effects.
Self-care during a divorce
To reduce the impact divorce can have on your health, you need to become proactive. While going through the process, try to leave the house every day. Form a support network or broaden your current network. Joining communitive activities or church functions can keep you from isolating yourself. You may even consider adopting a pet for more company.
Aim to have at least 150 minutes of exercise every week. Go for a brisk walk or consider calming activities such as yoga. If you have underlying conditions, check with a doctor about how to avoid aggravating your symptoms.
People who leave unhappy marriages tend to have a higher quality of life. Happiness, however, does not mean you will not experience stress during the divorce.