When you fall out of love with your spouse or when the two of you cannot communicate without fighting, the stress of the marriage can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. While divorce can be the most healthy option for you, divorce is also a significant life change and stressor.
Divorce can impact your physical health in the short and long term. Understanding the impact can help you manage your health to prevent future issues.
Did you know that divorced people have a 20% higher chance of developing long-term health issues, including heart disease? Divorced men, in particular, tend to have more heart attacks and strokes than non-divorced men. Part of the reason men have more cardiac issues than women is that they do not tend to seek emotional support. Chronic stress, depression and anxiety can cause serious cardiovascular issues.
Immune system issues
Chronic stress wreaks havoc on your immune system. When your immune system weakens, you become more vulnerable to illness. Divorced men and women tend to have more colds and flu cases than those who never experienced a divorce. Likewise, you may find yourself losing or gaining significant amounts of weight. Serious fluctuations in weight and becoming under or overweight can impact your immune system. Focusing on a healthy diet, physical activity and stress relief can protect your immune system.
To protect your physical and mental health, take time to care for yourself. Learn to lean on your support system and manage the stressors within your life before they impact your physical health.