Know The Impact of a Divorce on Your Health



Ending a long-term relationship and making the decision to have a divorce is always regarded as a negative thing.

“Negative emotions that accompanies a divorce such as sadness, anxiety, worry and feeling overwhelmed are a kind of stress for the body,” said Chicago-based psychologist and physical therapist Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD.

Separation and divorce can also create adverse chronic stress and affects every single organ and system in your body.

Fisrtly, divorce can lead to serious things on your heart. A study in 2015 published in the Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal, found that divorced women are 24 percent more likely to have a heart attack.

And women who have had more than one divorce has an increased risk of heart attack by 77 percent.

Another study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that people who have been divorced develop chronic heart disease, diabetes and mobility problems, such as trouble climbing stairs.

Meanwhile, a research from the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that the ongoing conflict with an ex-spouse puts a real burden on mental health.

And another study found that people with a history of depression are more likely to relapse if they are going through the divorce process.

Stress cause havoc for many reasons. Stress increases blood pressure, lowers the immune system and cause inflammation.

But do not worry, there are things you can do to stay healthy at the time of divorce.

The key is to spend some time taking care of yourself. Go out with friends, dance, sing or do some yoga.