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Is your divorce making you ill?

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People often make statements like, "I'm sick of my ex!" or, "The thought of going to court for this divorce is making my head ache." While these kinds of statements are often made in the figurative sense, divorce can literally make some people ill.

According to this Self Magazine article that cites various studies and surveys, there is evidence to suggest that divorce can lead to a wide variety of health problems for the people going through them.

Stress and anxiety are among the most common conditions caused or exacerbated by divorce, as it is undeniably a significant and upsetting event to go through. Between the various matters that need to be resolved and the challenges of adjusting to post-marital life, people can easily get frustrated and overwhelmed.

Your body can also pay the price of unhealthy decisions made during this time. People going through a divorce can sometimes neglect their health by drinking too much, eating poorly and not getting enough sleep. Each of these elements can be harmful to a person's health and well-being. Studies also show that these bad habits and decisions can negatively affect a person's ability to make good decisions.

There is also research that links divorce to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Untreated, these conditions can be devastating and lead to things like heart attacks, organ failure and stroke.

The toll that divorce can take on your physical health is not something you should minimize or ignore. You must take care of yourself if you want to take care of the divorce and stay focused on the future. Spending time with loved ones, practicing healthy habits and making time to focus on your own well-being can all be critical and effective ways of protecting your well-being and prioritizing your needs.

Your stress level will be reduced if you are using an attorney who keeps you informed and aware of the problems and potential solutions of the issues and disputes involved in your divorce. Whatever process you are using, whether it is mediation, litigation or collaborative divorce making sure you understand what is happening is very important.

It is also wise to make sure you are working with an experienced family law attorney during this difficult time. An attorney can tackle the legal issues and navigate the legal system much more easily than someone who does not have a background in family law matters. This will be less stressful for you and increase your ability to stay focused on your needs and the needs of your children.

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