The Disturbing Ways Divorce Can Impact Your Health

divorce recoveryFiguring out how to survive and thrive after divorce is no easy task.

Divorce is a life event that completely shakes up your life and can leave you feeling like a shell of your former self.

It is not just the fact that your family is splitting apart, your living situation is changing, and your finances are taking a hit. Divorce also has a very real impact on your physical and mental health.

Here are some of the most significant ways divorce can impact your health.

Chronic stress

Divorce is consistently ranked as one of the most stressful life events, and when that stress becomes chronic, it can pose serious problems to your overall well-being.

When the body is stressed, it releases the hormone cortisol. Overexposure to cortisol can disrupt nearly every system in the body and can contribute to anxiety, heart disease, depression, digestive problems, and other issues.

Cordell & Cordell understands the concerns men face during divorce.

Weight gain

According to a study published in Social Science & Medicine, ending a marriage can lead to a less healthy diet for men.

That is not surprising. A lot of guys might not have handled cooking duties while they were married. And after divorce, it is common to cope with comfort foods (who couldn’t use a night on the couch with some pizza and beer after a tough breakup?).

That nutritional decline can have serious consequences, however, as a lack of fruits and vegetables puts a person at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Sleep problems

The chronic stress of divorce also can cause trouble sleeping. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation is one of those things that can easily snowball. A lack of sleep leads to more stress, which makes it even harder to fall asleep, which causes more anxiety, and so on.

“In the sleep world, stress is to sleep as yin is to yang – opposite forces that are forever linked,” said Chris Winter, medical director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center. “Stress prevents sleep. Sleep deprivation increases stress and its consequences.”

Fortunately, there are some practical steps you can take to improve your sleep hygiene so that it is easier to fall asleep.

Depression

Depression goes hand-in-hand with stress and anxiety, so it should come as no surprise that many men struggle with depression after divorce.

The end of a marriage conjures a lot of emotional turmoil, and a lot of men are not equipped to deal with these mental health issues on their own. The situation is even worse if you were dealt an unfavorable child custody arrangement forcing you to spend less time with your kids than you would like.

Do not hesitate to reach out for help if you feel overwhelmed. A mental health professional can help you find a sense of stability and start to get back on your feet after divorce.

Addiction/Substance abuse

Research shows that excessive alcohol or drug abuse is the third most common reason for divorce. Divorce itself may pose a risk factor for addiction as a Medscape study found that getting a divorce increases the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder by almost sixfold in men.

Many guys try to cope with the heartbreak of their by numbing the pain with drugs or alcohol.

This is a dangerous road to go down. If substance abuse becomes your primary means of coping with what you are going through, you are veering towards addiction and should seek help immediately.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

2 comments on “The Disturbing Ways Divorce Can Impact Your Health

    I’m surprised This Thread isn’t full. I was put in the hospital with a brain hemorrhage after suffering years of stress from feudal litigation in a man-hating court. I learned that stress and related health issues like Strokes and so forth are pretty common among people involved in the legal field not to mention the poor parents who are being beat to smithereens and then the poor children who’s Futures are robbed by greedy blood slobbering attorneys and careless, callus judges who rub the best interest of the child standard in our faces as they stab our children in their hearts after stabbing Us in the back. I appreciate Cordell & Cordell for having this website and forum for the poor parents to have a platform and a voice. It’s really a shame that the people don’t have the courage or energy left after being beat into dust by the family system to even speak up.

    Being denied parenting schedule. Found out wife has been seeing someone secretly since separation began. Medicaid fraud involved. They are trying to use my grief against me (wife and mother-in-law)

    Need to meet ASAP. thank you!!!

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